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Comparison of Telemedicine Evaluation to Standard Evaluation Methods for Pre-Anesthesia Consultation

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Richard Applegate, Loma Linda University Identifier:
First received: November 10, 2010
Last updated: November 28, 2016
Last verified: November 2016
The purpose of the study is to evaluate different methods of pre-anesthesia consultation, with the aim of improving the day of surgery experience for the patient. In this study, we will use a telephone consultation, an in-person consultation, and a telemedicine consultation, which involves television cameras and monitors that allow live two-way communication for the pre-anesthesia consultation. The reason for this study is to evaluate the use of telemedicine for the pre-anesthesia consultation. Patients and anesthesiologists have been highly satisfied in previous studies using pre-anesthesia telemedicine consultation. In this study, we will examine a larger group of patients, as previous studies have studied smaller groups of patients.

ENT Patients Scheduled for Surgery

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Comparison of Telemedicine Evaluation to Standard Evaluation Methods for Pre-Anesthesia Consultation

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Further study details as provided by Richard Applegate, Loma Linda University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Comparison Of Telemedicine Evaluation To Standard Evaluation Methods For Pre-Anesthesia Consultation [ Time Frame: about 1 month ]
    Primary outcomes include surgical cancellation rate, delays the day of surgery secondary to inadequate pre-op evaluation, adequacy of the airway, respiratory, and cardiovascular exams, and intra-op and post-op complications. Patient data will include age, gender, ASA Physical Status and type of surgery. The length of the PACE appointment and the number of days prior to surgery the PACE appointment was conducted will be noted. Patient satisfaction with the will be evaluated.

Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: January 2010
Study Completion Date: September 2013
Primary Completion Date: September 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
telephone group
The telephone group must be healthy adults scheduled for an ENT surgery.
telemedicine group
This group if qualified will randomly be chosen to be in the telemedicine group.
pre-anesthesia consultation
This will be the group that will be randomized to the pre-anesthesia clinic.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 89 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Subjects scheduled for ENT surgery.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients between the ages of 18 and 89 who are scheduled for otolaryngologic procedures and pre-anesthesia consultation.

Exclusion Criteria:

Lack of consent; inability to understand English-

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01240239

United States, California
Orange Tree Lane Otolaryngology Offices
Redlands, California, United States, 92374
Sponsors and Collaborators
Loma Linda University
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Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Richard Applegate, MD, Loma Linda University Identifier: NCT01240239     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 59305
Study First Received: November 10, 2010
Last Updated: November 28, 2016

Keywords provided by Richard Applegate, Loma Linda University:
Pre anesthesia consultation

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs processed this record on September 21, 2017