Health Education in Improving the Understanding of Medical Information
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.
|Unspecified Adult Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific||Other: AHRQ staying healthy booklet Other: Risk primer|
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Investigator)
|Official Title:||Randomized Trial of a Primer to Help Patients Understand Risk|
- 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 ]
|Study Start Date:||October 2004|
|Study Completion Date:||August 2005|
|Primary Completion Date:||August 2005 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
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
- 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.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00387998
|Principal Investigator:||Steven Woloshin, MD, MS||White River Junction VAMC|
|Principal Investigator:||Lisa Schwartz, MD, MS||White River Junction VAMC|