Efficacy of the Pre-Admission Medication List (PAML) Builder Reminder Prompts (PAMLTIPS)

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Massachusetts General Hospital
Information provided by:
Brigham and Women's Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00657462
First received: April 9, 2008
Last updated: February 2, 2009
Last verified: February 2009
  Purpose

This project will study whether reminder prompts increase PAML Builder application feature utilization.


Condition Intervention
Utilization of Software Application Features.
Other: Reminders

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Official Title: Effect of Reminder Prompts on Utilization of the PAML Builder Application Features

Further study details as provided by Brigham and Women's Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Difference in the change between combined frequency of utilization of all features promoted by the reminders per PAML built between the two arms from period 1 (intervention in one arm only) to period 2 (intervention in both arms). [ Time Frame: The entire study period ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Difference in the change between frequencies of utilization of the individual features promoted by the reminders per PAML built between the two arms from period 1 (intervention in one arm only) to period 2 (intervention in both arms). [ Time Frame: The entire study period ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Difference in the change between combined frequency of utilization of all features promoted by the reminders per PAML built between the two arms from period 1 to period 2 by the users who were displayed the corresponding reminder. [ Time Frame: The entire study period ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Difference in the change between frequencies of utilization of the individual features promoted by the reminders per PAML built between the two arms from period 1 to period 2 by the users who were displayed the corresponding reminders. [ Time Frame: The entire study period. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 2000
Study Start Date: April 2008
Study Completion Date: July 2008
Primary Completion Date: July 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: A
Receives the intervention (reminders displayed at the startup of the application) for both periods (period 1 and period 2) of the study.
Other: Reminders
Users of the PAML Builder application will receive reminders about three application features (copy/paste, audit trail, sort medications by class) at the startup of the application
Active Comparator: B
Receives the intervention (reminders displayed at the application startup) only during the second period (period 2) of the study.
Other: Reminders
Users of the PAML Builder application will receive reminders about three application features (copy/paste, audit trail, sort medications by class) at the startup of the application

Detailed Description:

This project will study whether reminder prompts increase Pre-Admission Medication List (PAML) Builder application feature utilization. PAML Builder is an application designed and maintained by Partners Information Systems that assists clinicians in medication reconciliation - a process important for patient safety and quality of care. We have determined that several potentially helpful features of the application are not being utilized as frequently as had been expected. These features include:

  1. copying the pre-admission medication list (PAML) to the clipboard
  2. viewing the detailed audit trail of all changes made to the PAML
  3. sorting the list of medications obtained from other electronic sources by therapeutic class.

Reminder prompts (sometimes referred to as "Tip of the Day") have been employed to increase user awareness of underutilized application features. However, anecdotally some users find them unhelpful and potentially irritating. It is therefore important to determine whether reminder prompts accomplish the stated task of increasing application feature utilization. This project will compare PAML Builder application feature utilization before and after a pilot rollout of reminder prompts to determine whether they should be implemented permanently.

  Eligibility

Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • users of the PAML Builder application (physicians, nurses, pharmacists)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • none
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00657462

Locations
United States, Massachusetts
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Sponsors and Collaborators
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Massachusetts General Hospital
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Alexander Turchin, MD, MS Partners HealthCare
Principal Investigator: Carol Broverman, PhD Partners HealthCare
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