Patient Provider Communication and Interaction in a Virtual Clinical Setting

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Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : April 30, 2008
Last Update Posted : May 30, 2018
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National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)

Brief Summary:

This study will investigate factors surrounding use and application of scientific literature in patient-provider interactions and will examine facets of the patient-provider interaction itself as studied in a virtual encounter using virtual reality.

Healthy third- or fourth-year medical students or first-year medical interns in internal medicine and family practice specialties may be eligible for this study. Participants are recruited from the Washington, D.C., area.

Study subjects perform two tasks and complete two sets of questions. The first task involves reading scientific content on a health topic of public interest and explaining the article as if to a patient. The second task involves interacting with a virtual patient in a virtual environment clinical scenario. While in the virtual environment, the subject wears a head-mounted video unit that allows him or her to see elements of the environment. The activities in the virtual environment take about 15 minutes. The total time for the study is about 60 minutes.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Healthy Behavioral: Administration of information Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
This study will investigate issues around how physician trainees understand and convey various types of health-related information to patients and how they interact with patients of varying health histories. Participants will complete tasks that include reading and distilling a scientific review of a health-related topic, and participating in a virtual reality clinic simulation. As part of the study, participants will wear a virtual reality helmet and be immersed in a clinic where they will interact with a virtual patient. Participants will also complete questionnaires describing their experiences. For this study, we are recruiting only medical students in their third or fourth years and first-year medical interns in internal medicine or family practice specialties.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 350 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Primary Purpose: Other
Official Title: Patient-Provider Communication and Interaction in a Virtual Clinical Setting
Study Start Date : April 21, 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 21, 2008
Estimated Study Completion Date : June 28, 2020

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MedlinePlus related topics: Drug Reactions

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Self-reported clinical recommendations, thoughts about patients, and experiences in the virtual clinic. Direct measures of verbal and clinical behavior.

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

Healthy adult volunteers who are third or fourth-year medical students. Both men and women over age 18 will be eligible for this study (though in practice the age range is likely to naturally be constrained by the typical age of medical students).

EXCLUSION CRITERIA: 1) persons with seizure or vestibular disorders; 2) women with known pregnancy; 3) persons who are highly prone to motion sickness; 4) those with low, uncorrected vision or hearing; 5) all current and past employees and contractors of

NHGRI; and 6) persons who have received information about the study purpose or procedure from a past participant.

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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 identifier (NCT number): NCT00669188

Contact: Brittany M Hollister (301) 402-7696
Contact: Susan Persky, Ph.D. (301) 443-0098

United States, Maryland
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike Recruiting
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Contact: Laura Wagner    301-443-1272   
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
Principal Investigator: Susan Persky, Ph.D. National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

Additional Information: Identifier: NCT00669188     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 080122
First Posted: April 30, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 30, 2018
Last Verified: May 23, 2018

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Patient Provider Interaction
Physician Training
Patient Provider Training