Service Development: Assessing Non-attendance Rates in Outpatient Clinics
|Asthma Sleep Apnea Syndromes Tuberculosis COPD||Behavioral: Telephone reminder call|
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Official Title:||Service Development: Assessing Non-attendance Rates in Outpatient Clinics|
- Attendance rates at respiratory outpatient clinics
|Study Start Date:||May 2005|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||May 2005|
Many studies have shown a high non-attendance rate in hospital outpatient clinics. The investigators have found a non-attendance rate of 25% in their asthma clinics and would like to investigate whether a reminder phone call will improve attendance rates. Patients will be randomised into two groups; one group will receive a reminder phone call one week prior to their hospital consultation and the other group will be managed in the standard manner (i.e. no reminder of any sort). The phone calls will be carried out on a Friday afternoon by a respiratory nurse specialist and a research officer for two asthma clinics based on a Wednesday morning and a Thursday afternoon.
To have an 80% chance of detecting a 10% reduction in non-attendance rates (at 5%) 500 patients are required for this study. The rate of non-attendance will be monitored for all the patients in both groups and some demographic information will be recorded for each patient(age, sex, diagnosis and home postcode).
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00129649
|NHLI Imperial College|
|London, United Kingdom, W6 8RF|
|Principal Investigator:||Martyn R Partridge, MD FRCP||Imperial College London|