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Drug Facts Page or a Short Drug Summary in Helping Patients and Doctors Understand Medical Information

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified September 2008 by National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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First received: March 20, 2007
Last updated: January 3, 2014
Last verified: September 2008

RATIONALE: The way in which information about a drug is provided may affect the ability of patients and doctors to understand how a drug works and the side effects of the drug.

PURPOSE: This randomized trial is studying how well a drug facts page works compared with a standard brief summary in helping patients and doctors understand medical information.

Condition Intervention
Health Status Unknown Other: counseling intervention Other: educational intervention

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Official Title: Helping Patients and Physicians Make Sense of Medical Data

Further study details as provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Comparison of two drugs for the same indication
  • Knowledge of drug efficacy and side effects of each drug

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Comprehension of information contained in the drug facts box and rating of the usability of the drug information

Estimated Enrollment: 200
Detailed Description:



  • Compare the effect of a prescription drug summary (one-page summary of drug information that includes a table with data on drug benefit and side effects) vs standard brief summary in direct-to-consumer advertisements on the comparisons of two drugs for the same indication, knowledge of drug efficacy and side effects of each drug.


  • Comprehension of information contained in the drug facts box and rating of the usability of the drug information.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized study. Participants are contacted by phone via random-digit dialing for initial interview using the computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) system. Eligible participants are then randomized to 1 of 4 intervention arms.

  • Arm I: Participants receive 2 advertisements for a drug to treat heartburn with a drug facts second page.
  • Arm II: Participants receive 2 advertisements as in arm I for drugs to treat heatburn with the standard second page (i.e., brief summary).

Participants in both arms complete the self-reported questionnaire mailed with the advertisement intervention.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 200 participants will be accrued for this study.


Ages Eligible for Study:   35 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes


  • English-speaking adults
  • Must be able to be chosen by Random Digit Dialing


  • Not specified


  • Not specified
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00450931

Sponsors and Collaborators
White River Junction VAMC
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Steven Woloshin, MD, MS White River Junction VAMC
OverallOfficial: Harold Bae White River Junction VAMC
  More Information Identifier: NCT00450931     History of Changes
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00386932
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000513888
Study First Received: March 20, 2007
Last Updated: January 3, 2014

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
health status unknown processed this record on July 26, 2017