Clinical Trials Office

Social Functioning in Youth with Brith Brachial Plexus Injury

What is the purpose of this study?

The purpose of this data collection research study is to assess the perceived social functioning in youth with obstetric brachial plexus injuries. Parents and youth with OBPI will be asked to complete a number of questionnaires that measure self-concept, coping skills, perceived social support, and social functioning.  Information obtained from this research study will hopefully yield general knowledge regarding psychosocial functioning in youth with OBPI.  This knowledge will be used to develop initiatives aimed at addressing possible social functioning concerns in this patient population.

Who can participate?

To participate, the patients must  meet the following criteria:

  1. A diagnosis of obstetric related brachial plexus injury
  2. Be 11-17 years old at the time of participation
  3. At least one parent willing to participate
  4. English speaking (because questionnaires are validated in English only)
  5. Be living in the United States (including Hawaii and Alaska) or Canada (to decrease the influence that cultural differences may place on the study outcome)

Conditions

  • Brachial-Plexus

What is involved?

Parents and youth participating will be asked to complete a number of questionnaires that measure self-concept, coping skills, perceived social support, and social functioning.   

What are the benefits?

Your child may receive no direct benefit from participating in his study. The biggest benefit is that your child may be helping other children with this injury. Clinical studies are essential in finding new and improved treatments and diagnostic tools.

Will I get all the facts about the study?

Parents interested in having their child participate will be given a consent form that thoroughly explains all of the details of the study. It goes over all of the procedures, the risks, the benefits, the compensation, 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. Data collection will not begin until a parent/guardian has signed this form.

Do participants receive pay, compensation or reimbursement?

There are no known risks or discomforts that may occur while participating in this study. 

Who should I contact for more information?

Emily Louden, MPH
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Outcomes Coordinator, Brachial Plexus Center
3333 Burnet Avenue, MLC 9018
Cincinnati, OH 45229
(513) 636-6972 (phone)
Emily.louden@cchmc.org