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An Intervention to Reduce Inappropriate Prescriptions for Elderly Patients in General Practice

This study has been completed.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: January 24, 2006
Last Update Posted: April 28, 2010
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Information provided by:
University of Oslo
This study will explore the possible effect of a tailored educational intervention towards general practitioners, in order to reduce inappropriate prescription patterns for elderly patients > 70 years.

Condition Intervention Phase
Aged Family Practice Behavioral: Educational intervention Phase 1 Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: A Cluster Randomized Educational Intervention to Reduce Inappropriate Prescription Patterns for Elderly Patients in General Practice

Further study details as provided by University of Oslo:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Changes in a set of predefined quality indicators measuring appropriateness of prescriptions for elderly out-patients [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    Prescription data for 1 year were retrospectively retrieved from the Norwegian Prescription Database (NorPD) and assessed in relation to 13 prescription quality indicators.

Enrollment: 85836
Study Start Date: January 2006
Study Completion Date: March 2007
Primary Completion Date: March 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Behavioral: Educational intervention
    We developed a set of explicit criteria for pharmacological inappropriateness for Norwegian GPs' prescribing to elderly patients. The main purpose of the criteria was to serve as quality indicators during an educational intervention: the Prescription Peer Academic Detailing (Rx-PAD) Study, aimed at improving GPs' prescribing for elderly patients.

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • General practitioner
  • Specialist in general practice
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00281450

Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Oslo
Principal Investigator: Sture Rognstad, MD University of Oslo
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Jorund Straand, professor MD PhD, University of Oslo
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00281450     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 850652
First Submitted: January 3, 2006
First Posted: January 24, 2006
Last Update Posted: April 28, 2010
Last Verified: December 2005