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Parents Reading Comprehension of Their Child's Post-Operative Medicine Fact Sheets

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00639470
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 20, 2008
Last Update Posted : August 13, 2008
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
The objective of this study is to test legal guardians reading comprehension of their child's post-operative medication administration using three different versions of written medication information (standard fact sheets, easy-to-read fact sheets, and easy-to-read fact sheets accompanied by illustrations).

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Parents Other: easy to read fact sheets

Detailed Description:

It is important for the child's welfare and comfort that the legal guardian can read and comprehend their child's pain medication information. Failure to understand the full implications of the medication may jeopardize the child's comfort level or welfare. Readability of printed education materials is a key to comprehension and supplements what healthcare providers verbally tell the parents/legal guardians. Several studies have demonstrated the benefits of using illustrations to convey intended messages. Simple line drawings appear to do well with those who have low-literacy skills.

The following hypothesis will be tested:

  • There is no difference in level of comprehension of medication administration by the legal guardians who receive standard fact sheets about medication, those who receive easy-to-read fact sheets, and those who receive easy-to-read fact sheets accompanied by illustrations.
  • There is no difference in level of comprehension of pain assessment by the legal guardians who receive standard fact sheets about assessing pain, those who receive easy-to-read fact sheets, and those who receive easy-to-read facts sheets accompanied by illustrations.
  • There is no relationship between legal guardians' satisfaction with medication education and whether they receive standard fact sheets, easy-to-read fact sheets, or those who receive easy-to read fact sheets accompanied by illustrations.

Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 23 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Official Title: Parents Reading Comprehension of Their Child's Post-Operative Medicine Fact
Study Start Date : August 2005
Primary Completion Date : March 2007
Study Completion Date : August 2008
Arms and Interventions

Intervention Details:
    Other: easy to read fact sheets
    easy to read fact sheets with illustrations and without illustrations
    Other Name: patient education handouts

Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Comprehension of the fact sheets as measured by the Cloze Readability Procedure. [ Time Frame: On the day of discharge ]

Eligibility Criteria

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • be 18 years of age or older or an emancipated minor
  • ability to see, speak, and hear English
  • have a child who will be undergoing surgery
  • signed surgical consent form
  • have a child staying on hospital pediatric surgical unit after surgery until discharge
  • have a child admitted for at least one day but not more than 7 days.
Contacts and Locations

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00639470


Locations
United States, New York
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, New York, United States, 13069
Sponsors and Collaborators
State University of New York - Upstate Medical University
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Sharon Kitchie, PhD State University of New York - Upstate Medical University
More Information

Responsible Party: Sharon Kitchie, PhD, APRN, BC, SUNY Upstate Medical University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00639470     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IRBPHS#5229
First Posted: March 20, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 13, 2008
Last Verified: August 2008

Keywords provided by State University of New York - Upstate Medical University:
Patient Education Handout
Parents
Patient Education