There are about 319 clinical studies being (or have been) conducted in Bangladesh. The country of the clinical trial is determined by the location of where the clinical research is being studied. Most studies are often held in multiple locations & countries.
Title Efficacy and Safety of Tofacitinib in the Treatment of NSAID-Refractory Axial Spondyloarthritis: A Clinical Trial Background: Axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) is a chronic systemic inflammatory rheumatic disease affecting mainly sacroiliac joints and spine. There are limited options for treatment. Initial treatments are patient's education, regular physical exercise and nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs(NSAID). If the patients do not respond to at least two NSAIDs in full dosages for at least one month then it is called NSAID refractory axSpA. In these cases biologics like-tumor necrosis factor α blockers are the options for treatment. Tofacitinib is a new drug has been proven to be effective for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis , psoriasis , inflammatory bowel disease and supposed to be effective in spondyloarthritis. This study is aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of tofacitinib in NSAID refractory ax SpA with a view to find a safe, effective and affordable treatment modality. Method: This open label uncontrolled clinical trial with tofacitinib will be conducted in NSAID refractory axSpA (age >18 years) patients. Study participants will be enrolled after having informed written consent from the outpatient department of Rheumatology, Bangabandhu sheikh mujib medical university. Assessment of Spondyloarthritis International Society (ASAS) criteria will be followed for diagnosis of ax SpA. Patients failing a trial of 2 different NSAID each for at least 2 weeks with optimum dosage without response or with partial response and Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI) score of ≥4 (range, 0-10) or Ankylosing spondylitis disease activity score-C reactive protein(ASDAS-CRP)>2.1 will be considered as primary entry criteria for this study. Baseline evaluation will include Bath AS Disease Activity Index (BASDAI), Functional Index (BASFI) , Ankylosing spondylitis disease activity score-C reactive protein(ASDASCRP) and Ankylosing spondylitis disease activity score-erythrocyte sedimentation rate(ASDAS-ESR). Laboratory tests like CBC, ESR, CRP, SGPT, Serum creatinine and X-ray pelvis A/P view or X-ray both SI joints modified Ferguson veiw (to see both SI and hip joints ), HLA-B27(if needed), CXR P/A view and MT test or Interferon Gamma Release Assay(IGRA) will be done. After considering inclusion and exclusion criteria eligible patients will be included for this study. All patients will be put on 5mg tofacitinib BD. NSAID and adjuvant analgesics will be used if needed. Follow up will be done at 4th, 12th and 24th week. Response to treatment will be evaluated by assessement of spondyloarthritis society (ASAS) response criteria. More than 20% improvements from baseline will consider as primary response at the end of 12th week. Those patients who will not achieve ASAS20 response at 12th week, will be given 10 mg tofacitinib BD. Efficacy will be assessed at the end of 24th week by ASAS20, ASAS50, ASAS70, ASDAS-ESR, ASDAS-CRP, BASDAI, Bath ankylosing spondylitis functional index(BASFI). Adverse effects will be assesed by history, Physical examinations and investigations. The entire study subjects will be informed about the nature, purpose and implication of the study as well as whole spectrum of benefits and risk of the study. Ethical clearance will be taken from the IRB of BSMMU.
Title Safety and Efficacy of Tofacitinib vs Methotrexate in the treatment of Psoriatic Arthritis- An Open Label Randomized single center study Psoriatic arthritis is defined as an inflammatory arthropathy associated with skin psoriasis and usually negative for rheumatoid factor. Till date, many NSAIDs, corticosteroids, DMARDs have been used, but the safety and efficacy issues demands more researches. The prevalence of PsA worldwide is about 1%-2% and among patients with psoriasis ranges from 7% to 42%. The pathogenesis of PsA involves many cytokines. Tofacitinib is an oral Janus Kinase (JAK) inhibitor with immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory mechanism. It binds to JAK and prevents the activation of the JAK-signal transducers and activators of transcription (STAT) signaling pathway which ultimately decreases the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, and prevents both inflammatory response and the inflammation-induced damage. It has shown better efficacy in many diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Axial spondyloarthropathies, Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Alopecia areata, dry eye disease. This prospective, open label, randomized study will be conducted in inpatient and outpatient departments of Rheumatology, BSMMU, Dhaka, Bangladesh in 110 adult volunteers (>18 years) of both genders diagnosed as psoriatic arthritis. Patients will be divided equally into two groups, Group A will be put on Tofacitinib 5 mg twice daily and Group B will be put on Methotrexate weekly in increasing dose with maximum dose of 25 mg weekly. Groups will be divided on the basis of randomization by random number table. Patients with inadequate response to highest dose of MTX or Tofacitinib 5 mg BD at the end of 3 months will be put on Tofacitinib 5 mg BD or Tofacitinib 10 mg BD respectively. The patients not eligible for therapy will not be included in the study. Patients will be followed up at 1, 3 and 6 months. Baseline characteristics will be monitored and recorded at 3 and 6 months. The clinical information of the study subjects will be recorded in a structured history, clinical examination and questionnaire. All subjects will be enrolled after having informed written consent. The participants will enjoy every right to participate or withdraw from the study at any point of time. Response to Tofacitinib will be expressed in mean, standard deviation and percentage. Ethical clearance will be taken from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of BSMMU.
This is an open-label phase IV randomized clinical trial that will assess intestinal and humoral immunity among infants who receive a combination of monovalent oral poliovirus vaccine type 1 and fractional dose of inactivated poliovirus vaccine, monovalent oral poliovirus vaccine type 1 only, and bivalent oral poliovirus vaccine only.
The issue of uncorrected Presbyopia is an emerging health and livelihoods problem in Bangladesh. Presbyopia is easily corrected with an appropriate pair of reading glasses. Non-governmental organizations and government agencies have been working in many emerging markets, including Bangladesh, to increase eyeglass coverage among low-income adults by introducing basic vision screening and the dispensing of reading glasses at the community level. While vision screening is typically considered a health intervention, the primary motivation of these organizations and government agencies is to correct blurry vision with the intention of improving adults' income earning potential. VisionSpring and BRAC (previously know as Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee. Now it is know as BRAC-no full form used) are two such NGOs who are partnering to implement a "Reading Glasses for Improved Livelihoods" program. VisionSpring is a social enterprise with a mission to increase access to affordable eye care and glasses in low-income settings. BRAC is an international development organization dedicated to alleviating poverty by empowering the poor. VisionSpring and BRAC have initiated a Randomized Control Trial to assess the economic and social impact that reading glasses may have on individuals that earn less than $4 a day. The study hypothesizes that post-intervention, the adoption of reading glasses will increase productivity related to paid work and non-paid household activity, and will enhance the vision-related quality of life of adults with Presbyopia. This experimental trial is designed to test the aforementioned hypotheses. In March 2017 a census survey was conducted in 59 villages of adults aged ≥35 and ≤65 years old in order to identify individuals with uncorrected presbyopia who would be eligible for enrollment in the study intervention. Following household visual acuity screenings, study participants were selected for enrollment. Randomization was conducted at the household level. Based on the inclusion criteria, a total of 1086 random households were surveyed at the baseline. Following completion of the baseline survey, in August 2017 the treatment group was given reading glasses free-of-cost. The endline survey will be conducted in May 2018, eight months from the baseline. Although some income-related outcomes may take more time to manifest, it is anticipated that the wearing of glasses precipitates changes in a relatively short time frame. The control group will receive reading glasses at the conclusion of the endline survey.
To establish a relationship between changed prescribing pattern and associated shift in sensitivity trend of causative microbes in patients of uncomplicated urinary tract infection in a closed community
The purpose of the Improve SCA Bridge study is to characterize the care pathway flow of post‐acute myocardial infarction (MI) patients as a result of standard assessments of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) in the acute phase (≤14 days post‐ acute MI) and chronic phase (≥40‐90 days post‐acute MI).
This cluster-randomized controlled trial is designed to address linear growth faltering in 6-12-mo-old Bangladesh infants through a proof-of-concept package of interventions to a) increase intake of high quality protein and b) control enteric pathogens.
During pregnancy and in the year after birth women can be affected by a range of mental health problems. Anxiety and depression are the most prevalent mental illnesses during the perinatal period. In low socio-economic country like Bangladesh, there is a huge knowledge gap. Perinatal mental disorders are preventable or manageable conditions if can be addresses primariliry at the community level. Better antenatal detection of depression offers an opportunity for earlier intervention to address the illness and reduce the risk that will cause longer term problems for the mother or her baby. Most of the patients do not seek care for mental health problems as they think if they go for treatment other people would tell them 'mad'. Moreover, due to lack of necessary training of the healthcare providers at primary and secondary level the patients with mental health problems cannot get adequate services to meet the requirements. Objective of the study is to develop a package of community-based primary mental healthcare services for delivering with the maternal services care in preventing perinatal mental disorders. The investigators will conduct an interventional study by using both quantitative and qualitative research methodology. At first, a literally feasible package of community-based primary mental healthcare services will be developed through series of workshops. Then training will be provided to the community health workers on developed package. For the cluster randomization trial will be done to test the efficacy in reduction of perinatal mental disorders. One group of pregnant mothers will be provided the developed package of sevices along with the antenatal care and another group will be provided only routine antenatl care. Both the groups will be ensured at least four sessions of antenatal care. Following up will be through the whole pregnancy period. Afterthat, assessment will be done on mental disorders (anxiety and depression) among the both groups and will be compared to find the efficacy of the package in terms of proportion of mental disorders among the perinatal mothers. For data collection, we use different check list. Moreover, in-depth interview and focus group discussion with different groups of community people will be done to get feedback and suggestions on the package. Then the community based primary mental healthcare package will be finalized.
Malnutrition is an ever-present problem worldwide. It is estimated that over 18 million children under the age of 5 are affected by the most extreme form of under nutrition, severe acute malnutrition (SAM). Inspite of having standardized management protocols, in many hospitals inpatient mortality reaches up to 30%. Infectious morbidity is common among survivors. Diarrhea, severe intestinal inflammation, low concentrations of fecal short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), and severe systemic inflammation are significantly associated with mortality in SAM. Investigators of this study have earlier shown that the gut microbiota in children with SAM is immature and is causally related with SAM. Human milk contains between 10 and 20 g/liter of oligosaccharides (human milk oligosaccharides-HMOs) which is the third most abundant solid component after lactose and lipids. HMOs are resistant to gastrointestinal digestion in host infants, and thus the greater part of HMOs reached the colon and may act as prebiotics to shape a healthy gut ecosystem by stimulating the growth of useful microorganisms by acting as receptor analogues to inhibit the binding of various pathogens and toxins to epithelial cells. Probiotics are live organisms beneficial for healthy life. The human digestive tract possesses a diverse microbial community throughout its extent, which support their hosts generally for healthy living. Bifidobacterium spp. is dominant microbiota in infants who are exclusively breastfed and these infants are less likely to suffer from diarrhea. According to recent studies among the most common probiotics genera Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, the latter is more abundant in the gut. To carry out their functional activities, Bifidobacteria must be able to survive the gastrointestinal tract transit and persist, at least transiently, in the host. The population of Bifidobacteria in the gut community drastically decreases after weaning. Certain Bifidobacteria possess the metabolic capabilities to break down the HMOs. Consequently it is observed that HMOs support the growth of select Bifidobacteria in the gut of the infant. Research done at icddr,b and Washington University indicates that gut microbes are related to undernutrition and that children with SAM have gut dysbiosis that mediates some of the pathology of their condition. The standard of care in these children should be reinforced by an intervention that corrects the gut dysbiosis, improves weight gain during nutritional rehabilitation and reduces infectious morbidity. Investigators do not have any published data on the microbiome response to probiotic supplementation (with and without prebiotics) in malnourished infants or preserving the microbiome with probiotics in non-malnourished children. A short-term pilot study should be conducted to evaluate the microbiome response to probiotic supplementation (with and without prebiotics) in malnourished population to justify a larger study of clinical outcomes. Additionally, non-malnourished infants who are hospitalized for infectious conditions face challenges related to gut dysbiosis caused by antibiotic usage. Here the investigators will evaluate the ability of a probiotic intervention to rescue the microbiome of primarily breastfed non-malnourished infants. Intervention: Bifidobacterium longum subspecies infantis (EVC001) with and without prebiotic supplementation for 28 days. Objectives: To evaluate the microbiome response to probiotic supplementation (with and without prebiotics) in infants under 6 months with severe acute malnutrition and to compare the microbiome response with healthy infants with a probiotic. Methods: Single-blind RCT, stratified randomization will be based on infant age at time of transfer to Nutritional Rehabilitation Unit (NRU). 3 treatment arms for infants with SAM 1. Placebo (Lactose) 2. Bifidobacterium infantis alone (Bif) 3. Bifidobacterium infantis + prebiotic Lacto-N-neotetraose [LNnT] (Bif+prebiotic) Age at enrollment 1. 2-3.9 months of age 2. 4-5.9 months of age 1 open-label treatment arm for 18 non-malnourished primarily breastfed infants: Bifidobacterium infantis alone (Bif) Population: 1. Group 1 (SAM): Infants between 2 and <6 months old with SAM as defined by weight-for-length Z score < -3, either sex, caregiver willing to provide consent for enrolment of the infant, caregiver willing to stay in the NRU for about 15 days, residence within 15 km from icddr,b 2. Group 2 (non-malnourished): Non-malnourished infants (WLZ ≥ -1) <6 months old who are hospitalized for treatment with antibiotics for infection, infants receiving at least 50% of nutritional intake from breast milk at the time of hospitalization, either sex, residence within 15 km from icddr,b Primary Outcome measures/variables: Bifidobacterium infantis colonization measured by qPCR during and after supplementation (with and without prebiotics)
Sepsis and severe malaria together contribute to an estimated 13 million deaths annually, a great burden of which is in low-income countries. Optimal fluid management is critical yet remains one of the most challenging clinical care elements as volume overload precipitates pulmonary edema and volume restriction may exacerbate acute kidney injury. These complications of sepsis and severe malaria significantly increase mortality, particularly in resource-limited settings lacking mechanical ventilation and renal replacement therapy. Point-of-care ultrasound and passive leg raise testing are two easily implementable, safe and non-invasive clinical bedside fluid assessment tools that could be applied towards developing a fluid management algorithm in low resource settings. Similarly, simple tissue perfusion measures can facilitate understanding of precise indications or contraindication to fluid and vasopressor therapy. However, the performance of these tools has yet to be confirmed in these settings. Accurate assessment of pulmonary tolerance and fluid responsive patients could aid to tailor vasopressor and fluid therapy to the patient condition and disease phase, thus preventing or detecting iatrogenic pulmonary edema and other pulmonary complications. As there is currently limited evidence supporting fluid management recommendations for severe malaria and sepsis in low-resource settings, the potential application of these management tools could optimize supportive therapy and improve outcomes in these populations. The main activity proposed is a prospective, observational study of patients with sepsis and severe malaria to describe the relationship between fluid therapy and vasopressor therapy against measures of tissue perfusion and pulmonary congestion in adult patients with severe malaria or severe sepsis. In addition, the study will assess the performance of simple bedside clinical tools assessing fluid responsiveness, pulmonary congestion and peripheral tissue perfusion. The data from this observational study will facilitate the preparation of a follow-up study to test a clinical algorithm to guide individualized fluid and vasopressor administration.