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The Effects of Stress on the Clinical Performance of Residents in Simulated Trauma Scenarios

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 June 2007 by University of Toronto.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
The Physicians' Services Incorporated Foundation
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First received: June 11, 2007
Last updated: NA
Last verified: June 2007
History: No changes posted
Medical practice & training are inherently stressful situations. However, the effects of stress on educational & clinical performance are not well defined. The purpose of the current study is to examine the effects of stress on performance of residents in simulated trauma scenarios. The hypothesis is: 1) acutely stressful scenarios will be appraised as threat by residents and result in elevations of heart rate and salivary cortisol; 2) increased subjective & physiological stress will result in impairments in performance; and 3) greater stress responses will result in greater clinical impairments.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: stress

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: The Effects of Stress on the Clinical Performance of Residents in Simulated Trauma Scenarios

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • performance - global ratings
  • performance - ANTS
  • performance - checklists

Estimated Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: April 2007

Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years to 50 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • University of Toronto General Surgery & Emergency medicine residents

Exclusion Criteria:

  • No ATLS training
  • Residents from other programs
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00485927

Contact: Adrian M Harvey, MD 416-340-4800 ext 4306
Contact: Vicki Leblanc, PhD 416-340-3054

Canada, Ontario
St Michaels' Hospital Recruiting
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5B 1W8
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Toronto
The Physicians' Services Incorporated Foundation
Principal Investigator: Adrian M Harvey, MD University of Toronto, University Health Network
Study Chair: Avery B Nathans, MD, PhD University of Toronto, St. Michael's Hospital
Study Director: Vicki Leblanc, PhD University of Toronto
  More Information Identifier: NCT00485927     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 07-10
Study First Received: June 11, 2007
Last Updated: June 11, 2007

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