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Patient Provider Communication and Interaction in a Virtual Clinical Setting

This study has been completed.
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First received: April 29, 2008
Last updated: April 20, 2017
Last verified: December 22, 2016

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 Intervention
Behavioral: Administration of information

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (masked role unspecified)
Primary Purpose: Other
Official Title: Patient-Provider Communication and Interaction in a Virtual Clinical Setting

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

Enrollment: 208
Study Start Date: April 21, 2008
Study Completion Date: December 26, 2013
Primary Completion Date: April 21, 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
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.

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

Healthy adult volunteers who are third or fourth-year medical students or first-year medical interns in internal medicine and family practice specialties.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00669188

United States, Maryland
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
Principal Investigator: Susan Persky, Ph.D. National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
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Additional Information: Identifier: NCT00669188     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 080122
Study First Received: April 29, 2008
Last Updated: April 20, 2017

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Patient Provider Interaction
Physician Training
Patient Provider Training processed this record on May 25, 2017