Tailored Internet Information Supply for Patients

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified June 2009 by Health & Life Sciences University, Tryol.
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Bremen University of Applied Sciences
Information provided by:
Health & Life Sciences University, Tryol
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00746408
First received: September 2, 2008
Last updated: June 15, 2009
Last verified: June 2009
  Purpose

Medical expert systems in combination with portal searching meta-search engines are exploited to provide reliable patient-tailored information. A prototype of a web-based information system has been developed and is to be evaluated. Its aim is to answer the decisive question whether expert system guided internet meta-search provides a better information supply for patients seeking health information online then this is possible by using ordinary search engines or health portals. The research does neither investigate the influence of ethical nor legal aspects of internet health information supply.


Condition Intervention
Headache
Other: Expert system guided tailored information

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Study of the Quality of Self-Diagnosis by Headache Patients Getting Tailored Internet Information

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Further study details as provided by Health & Life Sciences University, Tryol:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Conformity of self-diagnosis and medical diagnosis [ Time Frame: After medical diagnoses has been received ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 500
Study Start Date: January 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2009
Estimated Primary Completion Date: September 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Main 1
Insurants of the health insurance company BARMER using the prototype to receive expert system guided tailored internet information about the type of headache they suffer from.
Other: Expert system guided tailored information
The prototype is realised by a web-based information system. The HTML web-interface guides the user through the search process by querying the information demand. This is done by an integrated expert system. The expert system uses a rule based inference to determine an internal diagnosis. Based on this internal diagnosis the system searches quality labeled websites and presents relevant information to the user.
Main 2
Insurants of the health insurance company BARMER using search engines and portals to gather internet information about the type of headache they suffer from.
Online 1
Internet users using the prototype to receive expert system guided tailored internet information about the type of headache they suffer from.
Other: Expert system guided tailored information
The prototype is realised by a web-based information system. The HTML web-interface guides the user through the search process by querying the information demand. This is done by an integrated expert system. The expert system uses a rule based inference to determine an internal diagnosis. Based on this internal diagnosis the system searches quality labeled websites and presents relevant information to the user.
Online 2
Internet users using search engines and portals to gather internet information about the type of headache they suffer from.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population

All German speaking adults in the German-speaking part of Europe who suffer at least occasionally from headaches and have not been examined (concerning these headaches) by a physician yet.

  • The population of the main study is narrowed down to a heterogeneous group of insurants of a health insurance company.
  • The population of the online study is self-selecting.
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age between 18 and 75
  • Suffers at least occasionally from headaches
  • Has internet access
  • Has not obtained a medical diagnosis (concerning this headache) by a physician, yet

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Age under 18
  • Age over 75
  • Does never suffer from headaches
  • Has no internet access
  • Has already gotten a medical diagnosis for her/his headaches
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00746408

Contacts
Contact: Wilfried Honekamp, MSc & Dipl.-Inform. +49 (0) 178 1604553 wilfried.honekamp@umit.at

Locations
Austria
Health & Life Sciences University (UMIT) Recruiting
Hall in Tyrol, Tyrol, Austria, 6060
Contact: Wilfried Honekamp, MSc & Dipl.-Inform.    +49 (0) 178 1604553    wilfried.honekamp@umit.at   
Principal Investigator: Wilfried Honekamp, MSc & Dipl.-Inform.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Health & Life Sciences University, Tryol
Bremen University of Applied Sciences
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Wilfried Honekamp, MSc & Dipl.-Inform. Health & Life Sciences University Tyrol, Austria
Study Director: Herwig Ostermann, Dr. Health & Life Sciences University Tyrol, Austria
Study Chair: Roland Staudinger, Prof. Health & Life Sciences University Tyrol, Austria
  More Information

Additional Information:
Publications:

Responsible Party: Wilfried Honekamp, Health & Life Sciences University Tyrol, Austria
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00746408     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: GW Diss 3000490
Study First Received: September 2, 2008
Last Updated: June 15, 2009
Health Authority: Austria: Federal Ministry for Health Family and Youth
Germany: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Keywords provided by Health & Life Sciences University, Tryol:
Internet
Information supply
Tailoring
Patient empowerment
Headaches
Consumer Health Information
Information Services
Information Storage and Retrieval
Information Systems

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Headache
Nervous System Diseases
Neurologic Manifestations
Pain
Signs and Symptoms

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