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Patient Profiling and Provider Feedback to Reduce Adverse Drug Events

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00013143
First Posted: March 16, 2001
Last Update Posted: April 7, 2015
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
VA Office of Research and Development
  Purpose
Adverse drug events (ADE) present a unique focus for error reduction. Computerized provider order entry, with embedded clinical decision support, has great promise in reducing medication errors but preventable adverse drug events may still occur despite such systems.

Condition Intervention
Adverse Drug Events Behavioral: Patient risk profiling (potential ADEs) w/provider feedback

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single
Official Title: Patient Profiling and Provider Feedback to Reduce Adverse Drug Events

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Further study details as provided by VA Office of Research and Development:

Estimated Enrollment: 1200
Study Start Date: June 2001
Study Completion Date: January 2003
Arms Assigned Interventions
Arm 1 Behavioral: Patient risk profiling (potential ADEs) w/provider feedback

Detailed Description:

Background:

Adverse drug events (ADE) present a unique focus for error reduction. Computerized provider order entry, with embedded clinical decision support, has great promise in reducing medication errors but preventable adverse drug events may still occur despite such systems.

Objectives:

The purpose of the study was to evaluate whether adding medication profiling (by using a retrospective drug utilization review program) to computerized provider order entry with embedded order checks (drug alerts) reduces the incidence of adverse drug events.

Methods:

Medication profiles mainly focused on possible drug-drug and drug-disease interactions, with some drug duplications. To do the medication profiles we licensed a proprietary computerized retrospective drug utilization review system. We randomly assigned over 900 patients to Usual Care or Provider Feedback. For patients in the latter group, selected providers were contacted by letter with pertinent information; electronic mail was used for follow-up contact. Clinical and other relevant data was retrospectively abstracted from the medical records for up to one year from the last medication profile for all patients. This was done by a pharmacist reviewer, using a study-derived instrument, and blinded to patient assignment. ADE incidence is the primary outcome of interest, with other outcomes such as ADE severity and preventability also assessed. We also developed and implemented provider surveys in pre- and post-profiling periods.

Status:

Pre and post survey results published. Adjunct study on clinical actions as a result of drug alerts published. Main study (profiling): manuscript in proces.

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • patient must be alive
  • patient must be currently active in GLA system
  • medication for which alert was generated must be currently active
  • patient provider must not be Peter Glassman

Exclusion Criteria:

  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00013143


Locations
United States, California
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, West Los Angeles, CA
West Los Angeles, California, United States, 90073
Sponsors and Collaborators
VA Office of Research and Development
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Peter A. Glassman, MBBS MSc VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, West Los Angeles, CA