Effectiveness of a web-based SUpport PRogramme (SUPR) for communication partners of persons with hearing loss: results of a two-arm, cluster randomised controlled trial and process evaluation

Janine F. J. Meijerink, Marieke Pronk, Birgit I. Lissenberg-Witte, Vera Jansen, Sophia E. Kramer

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Objectives: To examine the effects of web-based SUpport PRogram (SUPR) for communication partners (CPs) of persons with hearing loss (PHLs) in a HA dispensing setting. Design: Cluster randomised controlled trial (cRCT) with two arms (SUPR: Booklet, online videos; care as usual: no support) plus process evaluation. Measurements: baseline, and immediately-, six, and 12 months post-intervention. Outcomes: Significant Other Scale for Hearing Disability (SOS-HEAR), International Outcome Inventory for HAs/Alternative Interventions for Significant Others (IOI-HA/AI-SO). Process evaluation: dose-received, satisfaction, and benefit. Study sample: The cRCT included 73 (SUPR) and 57 (care as usual) CPs. In the process evaluation study, 41 CPs (SUPR) participated. Results: There were no significant effects of SUPR for third-party disability (SOS-HEAR), the proxy report (IOI-HA-SO item “use”), and third-party disability (IOI-HA-SO items “satisfaction”, and “quality of life”). SUPR-videos were watched by 15-22% of the CPs. SUPR materials were rated as moderately beneficial and useful. Conclusions: Low baseline disability (floor effect) and low intervention dose-received may explain the findings. Directly targeting CPs rather than via their PHLs and providing intervention materials specifically for CPs may improve their engagement and contribute to SUPR’s value supplementary to standard HA care.
Original languageEnglish
Article number61(7)
Pages (from-to)539-550
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Audiology
Issue number7
Early online date2021
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022


  • Communication partner
  • audiologic rehabilitation
  • communication program
  • dispensing practices
  • person with hearing loss
  • randomised controlled trial
  • web-based intervention

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