The Western Norway Mental Health Interface Study on Referral Letters
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01374035|
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified April 2011 by Helse Fonna.
Recruitment status was: Active, not recruiting
First Posted : June 15, 2011
Last Update Posted : March 18, 2015
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Mental Disorders||Other: Quality improvement intervention||Not Applicable|
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Estimated Enrollment :||100 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Masking:||Single (Outcomes Assessor)|
|Primary Purpose:||Health Services Research|
|Official Title:||Interface Between Primary Care and Specialist Mental Health Care - the Referral Letters|
|Study Start Date :||August 2010|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date :||December 2015|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||December 2017|
Experimental: Participating GPs
GPs working at randomly selected GP centers/offices within the region that are invited to participate and signs a written informed consent to participate. (N=30-40)
Other: Quality improvement intervention
A complex intervention will be implemented within the group of GPs in the intervention group. It includes participation in defining criteria for good referral letters, information about the correlation between information in the referral letters and outcome, introduction to the guideline, and consecutive feedback on own preformance regarding content of referral letter and outcome for the patient.
No Intervention: Control group
GPs working at randomly selected GP centers/office within the region that are not invited to participate, will form the control group. (N=30-40)
- Length of stay [ Time Frame: Day of discharge assessed up to six months ]From date of admission or onset of out-patient treatment until date of discharge (documented in Electronic Patient Record as end of treatment periode), assessed up to six months from admission.
- Response time for referral letters in Specialised Mental Health Care [ Time Frame: Referral letters will be followed for the duration of the assessment and prioritation process until response letter is sent, an expected avarage of 10 days. ]Unit of measure: Number of days from receiving a referral letter to the response letter is sent to the patient and the General Practitioner. The response time for all letters recieved in a six month periode before the intervention to improve the quality of referral letters will be compared with the response time after the intervention.
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|Helse Fonna Local Health Authorities|
|Haugesund, Norway, 5504|
|Study Chair:||Aslak B Aslaksen, MD, PhD||Faculty of Medicine and Dentistery, University of Bergen, Norway|
|Principal Investigator:||Kjell Haug, MD, PhD||Faculty of Medicine and Dentistery, University of Bergen, Norway|
|Principal Investigator:||Kris Vanhaecht, RN, PhD||Katholieke Universiteit Leuven|