Emergency Department Brief Intervention to Increase Carbon Monoxide Detector Use (ProjectCODE)
Carbon Monoxide (CO) exposure kills and injures thousands of children and families each year. Although there is growing concern about the need to increase carbon monoxide detector use, little is known about how best to do so, especially for low-income families. The objective of this research is to determine whether a brief intervention, Project Carbon Monoxide Detector Education (Project CODE), will increase CO detector use. For this study, parents of children, 18 years or younger, will be randomly assigned to receive Project CODE (an educational tool and a CO detector) or usual care (a flyer on CO poisoning); both of which will be delivered in the Pediatric Emergency Department (PED) examination rooms. The use of a CO detector and the participant's current stage in the theory of stage-based behavior change—the Precaution Adoption Process Model (PAPM), will be assessed at enrollment and then again at the home visits which will occur two-weeks and six-months following the PED visit. The investigators hypothesize that parents receiving Project CODE will have working CO detectors and will be further along in the PAPM than parents in the control group at the two-week and six-month home visits. The long term goal of this research is to reduce the number of injuries and deaths from CO poisoning.
Intervention-carbon Monoxide Alarm + Educational Tool
Control- Usual Care Flyer on Carbon Monoxide
Behavioral: Educational Tool & Carbon Monoxide Alarm
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Subject)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Official Title:||Emergency Department Brief Intervention to Increase Carbon Monoxide Detector Use|
- Observation of working carbon monoxide alarms [ Time Frame: Two-weeks and six-months following enrollment ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Behavioral profile and Precaution Adoption Process Model(PAPM)stage [ Time Frame: Two-weeks and six-months following enrollment ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||June 2009|
|Study Completion Date:||March 2012|
|Primary Completion Date:||September 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: Educational tool & Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Parents will be randomly assigned into a control and intervention group. Both groups will complete a computer based survey at enrollment and at their home visits occuring two weeks and approximately six months following enrollment. Participants will be given the following materials at enrollment.
- Central Ohio Poison Control Center Flyer
Behavioral: Educational Tool & Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Based on the recommendations from the expert panel and focus group meetings, Fast Facts about Carbon Monoxide was developed to be an educational tool aimed at helping parents understand the dangers of CO and the need CO alarms in every home. In addition, this tool will help parents select and purchase the correct CO alarm, as well as properly install and maintain the alarm in their home. Each parent assigned to the intervention group will be given a Fast Facts about Carbon Monoxide educational tool and a Kidde Nighthawk Carbon Monoxide Alarm at enrollment.
Other Name: Fast Facts about Carbon Monoxide Educational Tool
Poisoning from Carbon Monoxide (CO) is among the leading causes of non-fatal injuries treated in US hospital emergency departments and accounts for approximately 500 unintentional deaths each year. Known effective countermeasures to detect CO and reduce CO poisoning exist, yet are not routinely utilized. Although there is increasing concern about the need to increase CO detector use, little is known about how best to do so, especially for low income families. This research aims to address this gap, by applying a theory of stage-based behavior change—the Precaution Adoption Process Model PAPM)—to a brief intervention feasible for a busy emergency department setting. A randomized trial will be conducted involving 300 families with children 18 years or younger. In the Pediatric Emergency Department (PED), eligible parents will randomly be assigned to receive the Project CODE intervention (an educational tool and a CO detector) or usual care (a flyer on CO poisoning). The use of a CO detector and participant's PAPM stage will be assessed at enrollment and again at follow-up home visits occurring two-weeks and six-months following the PED visit. We hypothesize that parents receiving Project CODE will have working CO detectors and will be further along in the PAPM than parents in the control group at a two-week and six-month follow-up home visits. By examining the extent to which the intervention increases CO detector use, these findings will also demonstrate how innovative health communications (brief interventions delivered in the PED) can reduce the risk of injuries among vulnerable children. This research builds on and extends the investigators' previous work on behavioral theory, injury prevention interventions delivered in the PED, and development and evaluation of interactive educational tools for safety practices. The specific aims of this project are as follows: Aim 1—Determine whether a brief intervention will increase CO detector use and PAPM stage among parents whose children are being seen in a PED compared to parents of children receiving routine care CO flyer; and Aim 2—Determine whether and to what extent socioeconomic status moderates the effect of the intervention. Findings from this research study will have both theoretical and practical applications for improving injury prevention services in PEDs. This single-site efficacy trial is the first step in determining whether a brief intervention in the PED will successfully increase CO detector use.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00959478
|United States, Ohio|
|The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital|
|Columbus, Ohio, United States, 43205|
|Principal Investigator:||Lara B. McKenzie, PhD||Center for Inury Research and Policy, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital|