The Drug Facts Box: Helping Consumers Understand Drugs for Risk Reduction
The way in which information about a drug is provided may affect the ability of patients and doctors to understand how a drug works and the side effects of the drug.
This randomized trial is studying how well a drug facts page works compared with a short drug summary in helping patients and doctors understand medical information.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||The Drug Facts Box: Helping Consumers Understand Drugs for Risk Reduction|
- Comparison of two drugs for the same indication, Knowledge and judgments about 2 drugs to reduce the future risk of cardiovascular events [ Time Frame: Immediate return of patient survey ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Comprehension of information contained in the drug facts box [ Time Frame: Immediate return of patient survey ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||October 2006|
|Study Completion Date:||May 2007|
|Primary Completion Date:||May 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Participants received 2 ads for drugs to reduce cardiovascular risk with drug facts boxes second pages.
Other: Drug Facts Box
Educational intervention of 1 page summary of drug efficacy and side effects
Active Comparator: 2
Participants receive the same 2 advertisements for drugs to reduce cardiovascular risk with the standard second page (i.e., brief summary)
Other: Standard Brief Summary
Ads consisted of the standard second page called the brief summary
This is a randomized study. Participants are contacted by phone via random-digit dialing for initial interview using the computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) system. Eligible participants are then randomized to 1 of 2 intervention arms.
- Compare the effect of a prescription drug summary (one-page summary of drug information that includes a table with data on drug benefit and side effects) vs standard brief summary in direct-to-consumer advertisements on the comparisons of two drugs for the same indication, knowledge of drug efficacy and side effects of each drug, perceptions of drug efficacy and side effects of each drug
- Comprehension of information contained in the drug facts box
|United States, Vermont|
|VA Medical Center|
|White River Junction, Vermont, United States, 05009|
|Principal Investigator:||Steven Woloshin, MD, MS||Dartmouth Medical School; VA Medical Center (WRJ)|
|Principal Investigator:||Lisa M Schwartz, MD, MS||Dartmouth Medical School, VA Medical Center (WRJ)|