A Cluster Controlled Trial Comparing Three Methods of Disseminating Practice Guidelines for Children With Croup
The purpose of this study is to identify, from a societal perspective, the costs and associated benefits of three strategies for disseminating and implementing a practice guideline that addresses the management of croup.
Behavioral: mailing of printed educational materials
Behavioral: a combination of interactive educational meetings, educational outreach visits, and reminders
Behavioral: identification of local opinion leaders and establishment of local consensus processes
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Educational/Counseling/Training
|Official Title:||A Cluster Controlled Trial Comparing Three Methods of Disseminating Practice|
- Rate of hospital days per 1,000 disease episodes
- Proportion of patients treated in the ED and hospital with a corticosteroid.
- Proportion of patients evaluated in ED for at least three hours after treatment with corticosteroids before the decision to admit to hospital is made.
- Time to treatment with corticosteroids in both ED and hospital patients.
- An economic analysis conducted from a societal perspective with costs classified as either payer (costs born by the province) or non-payer (costs born by individuals or the families of children with croup).
|Study Start Date:||September 2000|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||March 2006|