Effectiveness of a Educational Intervention to Improve the Resolution Capacity of Primary Health Care Teams.

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified August 2005 by Catalan Institute of Health.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
First Posted : September 1, 2005
Last Update Posted : September 1, 2005
Fondo de Investigacion Sanitaria
Information provided by:
Catalan Institute of Health

Brief Summary:
There is a great variability in the different primary care teams referral rate. And variability means inappropriateness somewhere in the process of care. The most important determinants of the variability are the attitude and knowledge of the professional, the existence and availability of evidence, the resources available and the professionals practice style. To improve the knowledge of the professionals could be a way to decrease the variability. Because of this, we have the aim to determinate the effectiveness of an educational intervention to improve the primary care teams from the city of Barcelona referral rate.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Referral and Consultation Procedure: Educational interactive intervention Phase 4

Detailed Description:
The aim of our study is to determinate if an active educational intervention (interactive sessions discussing clinical cases plus the minimal intervention) reduces the professionals referral rate compared with the minimal intervention group (written adapted clinical practice guidelines and feedback about their referral rate compared with other primary care teams). It is a cluster-randomized controlled trial stratified by the percentage of reform and the referral rate. The subjects were primary care physicians of the 51 teams of Barcelona city attending 1.160.748 inhabitants.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 48 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Educational/Counseling/Training
Official Title: Phase IV Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial With 2 Parallel Groups, to Evaluate the Effectiveness of a Educational Intervention to Improve the Resolution Capacity.
Study Start Date : July 2004
Study Completion Date : May 2005

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Total number of referrals of the selected condition done by the primary care professionals to specialized consultants by 100 patients attended in 1 year.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Primary care teams who agree to participate.
  • Primary care teams attending adult population (older than 14).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Primary care teams where the intervention would be difficult to take place.
  • Primary care teams where the referral rate is not available.
  • Primary care teams with a percentage of reform lower than 40%.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00140283

Àmbit Barcelona (Catalan Institute of Health)
Barcelona, Spain
Sponsors and Collaborators
Catalan Institute of Health
Fondo de Investigacion Sanitaria
Principal Investigator: Josep Casajuana, Physician Catalan Institute of Health Identifier: NCT00140283     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PI031409
First Posted: September 1, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 1, 2005
Last Verified: August 2005

Keywords provided by Catalan Institute of Health:
Educational intervention
Primary health care