Lupus Treatment Adherence Study

What is the purpose of this study?

Cincinnati Children’s is conducting a research study to help determine whether or not text messaging, emailing and/or motivational interviewing can help patients with lupus or related diseases remember to take their medications as prescribed by their doctors and come to visits on a regular basis.

Who can participate?

Teens and adults 15 to 25 years old with lupus or related diseases taking the medication plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) may be eligible to participate. 


  • From 15 To 25  years old


  • Autoimmune
  • Lupus

What is involved?

The study lasts for 18 months and includes 6 visits. The following is a list of procedures that will take place during the study (in addition to regular clinic visits):

  • Completion of brief questionnaires
  • An additional collection of blood (10mL) at the time of regular blood draws
  • Potential to participate in motivational interviewing (30-45 minutes)

What are the benefits?

You and/or your child will receive text messages and/or email reminders about taking medication and before regular clinic appointments. Participants may also take part in motivational interviews about the importance of taking medication. It is hoped that these reminders will help to improve you or your child’s adherence to treatment of lupus or related diseases.

Will I get all the facts about the study?

Adult participants and parents interested in having their child participate will be given a consent form that thoroughly explains all of the details of the study. The form covers all of the procedures, the risks, the benefits, the pay, who to contact with questions or concerns and more. A member of the study staff will review the consent form with you and will be sure that all of your questions are answered. Study procedures will not begin until a parent or guardian has signed this form and, if of age, the child has given at minimum his/her verbal agreement.

What are the risks and discomforts of the study?

Potential side effects from the blood draw include pain, bruising and dizziness.

Do participants receive pay, compensation or reimbursement?

Participants will be paid for their time and travel.

Who should I contact for more information?

Deepa Kudalkar or Tracy Ting
Phone: 513-636-7164
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Department of Rheumatology MLC 4010
3333 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039