Put a Face to a Name (Part A): The Effects of Photographic Aids on Patient Satisfaction, Clinician Communication, and Quality of Care (Face2Name)

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University Health Network, Toronto
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01658644
First received: August 1, 2012
Last updated: April 4, 2014
Last verified: August 2012
  Purpose

Communication is critical within healthcare, and is the root cause of most errors. With increased adoption and use of new information technologies and mediated communication systems, such as Electronic Health Records (EHR), that support visual content, hospitals can begin to look at the potential of photographic aids to improve patient satisfaction, clinician communication, and ultimately quality of care. Having pictures of clinicians and patients may improve communication by improving knowledge of who is part of the care team and may reduce electronic ordering or documentation on the wrong patient.

Despite the importance of communication between clinicians and the many advances within information and communication technologies, there is a lack of literature documenting systems that are effective at improving communication. Our research study will provide an overview on the communication models and technologies used in Canadian hospitals and add insights to the impacts of these technological adoption.

Research Question: How does the use of photographic influence patients' hospital experience?

Specifically, do photographic aids (photographs of clinicians' faces) influence:

  1. Patient's ability to identify their clinical care team members
  2. Patient's ability to identify their care team members and know their individual roles
  3. Patient's satisfaction with their hospital experience

Condition Intervention
Effects of Photographic Aids (Photos of Faces) on Patient Recall of Their Clinical Care Team
Effects of Photographic Aids (Photos of Faces) on Clinician-patient Communication
Effects of Photographic Aids (Photos of Faces) on Overall Patient Satisfaction
Other: Provision of Clinical Care Handout

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Put a Face to a Name (Part A): The Effects of Photographic Aids on Patient Satisfaction,Clinician Communication, and Quality of Care

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Further study details as provided by University Health Network, Toronto:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Patient's memory recall of their clinical care team [ Time Frame: up to 1 year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Measure if there are changes in the amount of clinicians patients recognize. Measure if they are changes in the amount of clinicians' names patients can remember.


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Patients' satisfaction with clinician communication [ Time Frame: up to one year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 256
Study Start Date: August 2012
Study Completion Date: May 2013
Primary Completion Date: May 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: Group A
Patients participating in group A, will not be exposed to any interventions, they will partake in the typical hospital and communication experience.
Experimental: Group B (text handout)
Patients assigned to group B will be provided with a paper or electronic version displaying a list of the names and roles of their clinical care staff; each name will NOT be accompanied by the respective photograph of each clinician. This document will be presented to the patient at the earliest possible time after admission to the hospital.
Other: Provision of Clinical Care Handout
Patients assigned to groups B or C will be provided with a paper or electronic version displaying either a list of the names and roles of their clinical care staff (group B), or a list of names and roles accompanied by the respective photograph of each clinician (group C). This document will be presented to the patient at the earliest possible time after admission to the hospital.
Experimental: Group C (text & image handout)
Patients assigned to group C will be provided with a paper or electronic version displaying a list of the names and roles of their clinical care staff; each name will also be accompanied by the respective photograph of each clinician. This document will be presented to the patient at the earliest possible time after admission to the hospital.
Other: Provision of Clinical Care Handout
Patients assigned to groups B or C will be provided with a paper or electronic version displaying either a list of the names and roles of their clinical care staff (group B), or a list of names and roles accompanied by the respective photograph of each clinician (group C). This document will be presented to the patient at the earliest possible time after admission to the hospital.

Detailed Description:

The investigators will conduct interviews of a cross-sectional sample of patients for up to one year. There will be 2 visits during the study. The first visit should last for 15 minutes (to get consent), the second visit should last somewhere between 30 and 45 minutes. The research team created a structured survey tool designed to characterize patients' knowledge of the names and roles of their health care professionals and understanding of their plan of care, which includes some semi-structured questions to assess patient satisfaction with their hospital experience. This survey tool will be administered to participating patients each weekday during the study period, prior to their discharge from the hospital.

At the first visit, depending on whether the participant was previously assigned to group A, B or C, participants will be provided with a piece of paper listing the names of the members of their clinical care team (group B), or a piece of paper with a list of names and photographs of the members of their clinical care team (group C), or no paper at all (group A) which is currently the typical communication experience at the hospital.

There is no compensation for participation in the study.

  Eligibility

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Must be admitted as an in-patient in the GIM ward at Toronto General Hospital.
  • The ability of the patient to provide informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with significant confusion, delirium or dementia will be screen by asking orientation to place and time.
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01658644

Locations
Canada, Ontario
Toronto General Hospital
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5G 2C4
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Health Network, Toronto
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: University Health Network, Toronto
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01658644     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 12-0392-BE
Study First Received: August 1, 2012
Last Updated: April 4, 2014
Health Authority: Canada: Ethics Review Committee

Keywords provided by University Health Network, Toronto:
Patient satisfaction
Memory recall
Patient-clinician communication
health communication
clinical care team recall
hospital quality of care

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
HIV Infections
Facies
Lentivirus Infections
Retroviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Slow Virus Diseases
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Immune System Diseases
Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes

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