Evaluating a Distance Learning Asthma Education Program for Pediatricians (The DALI Study) (DALI)
|Asthma||Behavioral: Distributed Asthma Learning Initiative (DALI) distance learning program|
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Participant)
|Official Title:||Distributed Asthma Learning Initiative|
- Change in physician asthma knowledge, attitudes, and treatment behavior [ Time Frame: Measured at Months 1 and 6 ]
- Learner satisfaction [ Time Frame: Measured at Months 1 and 6 ]
|Study Start Date:||February 2007|
|Study Completion Date:||March 2008|
|Primary Completion Date:||March 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Participants will take part in a distance learning group.
Behavioral: Distributed Asthma Learning Initiative (DALI) distance learning program
Participants will take part in two Webinar teleconferences, have access to an interactive Web site, and receive a CD-ROM of study materials and a toolkit.
No Intervention: 2
Participants in the control group will not receive any study materials or take part in any study activities.
Asthma is a long-term lung disease that affects more than 22 million people in the United States. Symptoms include wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. Inhaled corticosteroids are a common medication used to treat asthma. NHLBI has established guidelines for doctors to reference when treating people with asthma. Study researchers previously evaluated a distance learning program aimed to educate doctors on the NHLBI guidelines and to improve pediatrician adherence to the guideline recommendations for the use of daily inhaled corticosteroids for persistent asthma in pediatric patients. This pilot study will evaluate a new version of the distance learning program. By using a distance learning program rather than a traditional face-to-face educational program, participants will be able to complete the program on their own schedule, and this flexibility may result in increased interest in the program. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of the new distance learning program on changing pediatricians' behavior, attitudes, and knowledge regarding the NHLBI guidelines for the use of inhaled corticosteroids to treat pediatric patients with asthma.
This study will enroll pediatricians. Participants will be randomly assigned to either the distance learning group or a control group. At baseline, all participants will complete questionnaires. Participants in the control group will not take part in any of the educational activities. Participants in the distance learning group will take part in a 1-hour Webinar, or teleconference, that will provide an orientation to the program and discuss the importance of the NHLBI guidelines. At any time between the first Webinar and a 6-week follow-up Webinar, participants will log into the study Web site and complete a training module that aims to educate participants on common barriers to prescribing daily inhaled corticosteroids. As an alternative to the Web site, participants may choose to view the training module on a CD-ROM. Six weeks after the first Webinar, participants will take part in a follow-up Webinar. At this time, study researchers will answer participants' questions and provide a program review. The Web site and study materials will remain available to participants in the distance learning group for 6 months after the follow-up Webinar; a list serve will also be made available to participants. At 1 and 6 months after the follow-up Webinar, all participants will complete questionnaires.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00815724
|United States, California|
|University of California, San Francisco|
|San Francisco, California, United States, 94118|
|Principal Investigator:||Michael D. Cabana, MD, MPH||University of California, San Francisco|
|Principal Investigator:||Tao Le, MD||University of Louisville|