Randomized Controlled Feasibility Trial on the Ontario Brain Injury Association Peer Support Program
Principal Investigator: Dr. Sarah Munce
This is a three-phase project with the overall objective to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of conducting a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of the Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) Peer Support Program for individuals with moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury.
Phase 1: qualitative interviews will be conducted with key informants to gain insight on how to refine the processes for a RCT. Results will be used to modify the pilot protocol and offer considerations for future planning related to recruitment, adherence, and retention of brain injury participants in both the peer support program and research.
Phase 2: a 4-month pilot RCT will be conducted to evaluate the impact of the OBIA Peer Support Program. Outcome data will also demonstrate the immediate impact of the once/week OBIA Peer Support Program compared to a wait list control group on social participation (primary outcome), mood, health related quality of life, and self-efficacy (secondary outcomes).
Phase 3: qualitative interviews will be conducted with those who participated in the Phase 2 RCT. This phase will explore the impacts of participating in peer support on individuals, as well as gain insights into their overall experience of participating in research. The results of Phase 3 will lead to an understanding of the “active ingredients” or mechanisms that are associated with improved outcomes and the impact of “dosage” of interactions.
The results of all three phases will help support the refinement and improvement of future iterations of the OBIA Peer Support Program and the implementation of a future, large-scale RCT.