Health Education in Improving the Understanding of Medical Information
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00387998|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 13, 2006
Last Update Posted : August 30, 2013
RATIONALE: Understanding the risk of disease and prevention and screening activities to lower disease risk may help individuals make informed medical decisions.
PURPOSE: This randomized clinical trial is studying how well health education materials help participants understand medical information.
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment|
|Unspecified Adult Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific||Other: AHRQ staying healthy booklet Other: Risk primer|
- Compare medical data interpretation skills in participants of low or high socioeconomic status who receive a general education primer (entitled "Know Your Chances: Understanding Health Statistics") vs a health education booklet (entitled "The Pocket Guide to Good Heath for Adults").
OUTLINE: This is a randomized, controlled study. Participants are stratified according to socioeconomic status (low vs high). Participants are randomized to 1 of 2 intervention arms.
- Arm I (control): Participants receive a health education booklet entitled "The Pocket Guide to Good Health for Adults," published by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, which contains general information about disease risk and reducing risk by following recommended prevention or screening activities.
- Arm II (primer): Participants receive a general education primer entitled "Know your chances: Understanding health statistics," which teaches how to understand disease risk and the benefits and risks of intervention.
Within 2 weeks after receiving the education material, participants in both arms complete a survey, including a medical data interpretation test, STAT-interest, STAT-confidence, and user ratings of the education materials.
PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 555 participants were accrued for this study.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||555 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Official Title:||Randomized Trial of a Primer to Help Patients Understand Risk|
|Study Start Date :||October 2004|
|Primary Completion Date :||August 2005|
|Study Completion Date :||August 2005|
Experimental: Risk primer
Booklet written by investigators "know your chances"
Other: Risk primer
Know your chances booklet
Other Name: Know your chances
Active Comparator: Control booklet
AHRQ staying healthy booklet
Other: AHRQ staying healthy booklet
educational booklet about prevention
Other Name: AHRQ guide to staying healthy
- Ability to interpret medical statistics as measured by a medical data interpretation test [ Time Frame: 2 weeks ]medical data interpretation skills
- Interest in interpreting medical statistics, as measured by STAT-interest [ Time Frame: 2 weeks ]STAT-interest measure
- Confidence in interpreting medical statistics, measured by STAT-confidence [ Time Frame: 2 weeks ]STAT-confidence
- User ratings of materials [ Time Frame: 2 weeks ]
To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00387998
|Principal Investigator:||Steven Woloshin, MD, MS||White River Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center|
|Principal Investigator:||Lisa Schwartz, MD, MS||White River Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center|