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Reducing Transition Drug Risk

This study has been completed.
University of Victoria
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
VA Office of Research and Development Identifier:
First received: August 30, 2006
Last updated: April 6, 2015
Last verified: December 2010
Patient transfer between sites of care is regular practice during an episode of care in our current health care system. Yet inter-site transfer is associated with lapses in care quality that adversely affect patient outcomes. A common iatrogenic harm precipitated at the time of transfer is harm from drug prescribing, or adverse drug events (ADEs). In this study we will evaluate a medication reconciliation tool developed to help providers make effective prescribing decisions at the time of transfer between VA sites of care (Improved Prescribing after Transfer (IPT)). We will evaluate the quantitative effectiveness of the tool in reducing transition drug risk and ADEs. We additionally will conduct focus group discussions and cognitive task analysis among end-users to better understand how providers make drug-prescribing decisions at the time of transfer and to assess factors influencing effective use of the tool.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: Physician-initiated medication reconciliation
Behavioral: Pharmacist-initiated medication reconciliation

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Reducing Transition Drug Risks After Patient Transfer

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

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • High risk drug discrepancies [ Time Frame: After hospital admission and discharge ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Drug discrepancy adverse events [ Time Frame: During the hospital stay and 1 month after hospital discharge ]

Enrollment: 612
Study Start Date: October 2005
Study Completion Date: September 2010
Primary Completion Date: March 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Arm 1
Physician-initiated medication reconciliation
Behavioral: Physician-initiated medication reconciliation
Physician house staff performed and documented medication reconciliation after hospital admission with the assistance of a CPRS template
Experimental: Arm 2
Pharmacist-initiated medication reconciliation
Behavioral: Pharmacist-initiated medication reconciliation
Pharmacist performed and documented medication reconciliation
No Intervention: Arm 3
No formal medication reconciliation

Detailed Description:
This is a 2-phase study in which we will employ mixed quantitative and qualitative methods to conduct an evaluation of the IPT tool while improving our understanding of provider prescribing decisions at the time of patient transfer. In Phase 1 we will conduct a 5-month controlled trial among all admissions to 2 units at J.J. Peters (Bronx) VA Medical Center. We will compare IPT with usual care, and compare physician and pharmacist forms of IPT implementation with regard to, as primary outcome, transition drug risk, and, as secondary outcomes, ADEs, provider prescribing-decisions, and hospital utilization. In Phase 2, which will run concurrently with Phase 1, we will perform cognitive task analysis to examine providers' decision-making and to map IPT tool functions while providers interface with the tool, and perform focus group interviews with representative IPT users to identify factors that facilitate or hinder adoption. Results of cognitive analysis and focus groups will be used to identify tool deficiencies to consider for redesign.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

All patients who were admitted to the JJ Peters (Bronx) VA Hospital general medical wards (units 7A and 7B) between 10/05-2/06 and stayed least 24 hours

Exclusion Criteria:

Patients who were transferred to one of the study units wards (units 7A and 7B) from another JJ Peters (Bronx) VA Hospital acute care unit (e.g., an intensive care unit), or who stayed in the hospital less than 24 hours

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00370916

United States, New York
James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Bronx, NY
Bronx, New York, United States, 10468
Sponsors and Collaborators
VA Office of Research and Development
University of Victoria
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Principal Investigator: Kenneth S Boockvar, MD MS VA Office of Research and Development
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: VA Office of Research and Development Identifier: NCT00370916     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IAB 05-204
Study First Received: August 30, 2006
Last Updated: April 6, 2015

Keywords provided by VA Office of Research and Development:
Clinical Decision Support Systems
Continuity of Patient Care
Medication Errors
Drug Adverse Effects processed this record on April 28, 2017