Condition category
Signs and Symptoms
Date applied
26/06/2006
Date assigned
28/07/2006
Last edited
24/03/2011
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Completed
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Not provided at time of registration

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Prof Pascoe Pleasence

ORCID ID

Contact details

Legal Services Research Centre
85 Grays Inn Road
London
WC1X 8TX
United Kingdom
+44 (0) 207 759 1190
pascoe.pleasence@legalservices.gov.uk

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

N/A

Study information

Scientific title

Acronym

Study hypothesis

The objective of this study is to determine whether the offer of advice to those experiencing debt problems has a positive impact on their financial and general circumstances, whether it is cost-effective (from the individual’s perspective) and whether the benefits of advice warrant the expenditure of public/charitable monies on its provision.

Ethics approval

Granted from a group of independent academic researchers (February 2005)
Formal ethics approval not neccessary for a trial of this type.

Study design

Interventional, randomised, single blind controlled study

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Other

Trial type

Quality of life

Patient information sheet

Condition

Anxiety

Intervention

Invitation of debt advice provided over the telephone by National Debtline

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Specified

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

The primary outcome with respect to the efficacy of debt advice will be the proportion of people with no debt problem 12 months after the offer of advice

Secondary outcome measures

1. Proportion of people with debt problems after five months
2. Level of personal debt
3. Amount of monthly debt servicing payments
4. Ease of living on income (index)
5. Outlook (when debt problems will end)
6. Knowledge of personal financial situation
7. Continuity of ownership/possession of the family home
8. Continuity of services (utilities: water, electricity, etc.)
9. Loss of property through debt enforcement processes
10. County court judgments
11. Employment status
12. Relationship stability (relationship status)
13. Relationship stability (suggestion of separation)
14. Anxiety (index – six item version of state trait anxiety index constructed by Marteau and Bekker in 1992)
15. Health (using EuroQoL (Eq-5D) instrument

Overall trial start date

05/05/2005

Overall trial end date

05/08/2006

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

Respondents to the screening survey who indicate they are currently experiencing a debt problem about which they have not obtained formal advice

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

308

Participant exclusion criteria

All those without debt problems, or those with debt problems who have obtained formal advice

Recruitment start date

05/05/2005

Recruitment end date

05/08/2006

Locations

Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Legal Services Research Centre
London
WC1X 8TX
United Kingdom

Sponsor information

Organisation

Department for Constitutional Affairs (UK)

Sponsor details

Kevin Westall
HM Court Service
Selborne House
54 Victoria Street
London
SW1E 6QW
United Kingdom

Sponsor type

Government

Website

Funders

Funder type

Government

Funder name

Department for Constitutional Affairs

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Not provided at time of registration

Intention to publish date

Participant level data

Not provided at time of registration

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

1. 2007 results in http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1740-1461.2007.00102.x/abstract

Publication citations

Additional files

Editorial Notes