Virtual Continuity and Its Impact on Complex Hospitalized Patients' Care
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01397253|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 19, 2011
Results First Posted : March 25, 2015
Last Update Posted : April 16, 2015
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Automated Communication Tools Complex Medical Patients||Other: Automated communication tools||Phase 3|
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||835 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Primary Purpose:||Health Services Research|
|Official Title:||Virtual Continuity and Its Impact on Complex Hospitalized Patients' Care|
|Study Start Date :||August 2010|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||January 2013|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||January 2013|
No Intervention: (Usual) MedTrak system of PCP notification
MedTrak, the information system used by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), currently notifies PCPs when patients are admitted and discharged from the hospital.
Experimental: Automated communication tools
An enhanced version of MedTrak (the present system of PCP notification). Electronic medical record links will be developed and used to allow automated communication with the PCP.
Other: Automated communication tools
Automated communication tools will include:
- Medication Errors at Hospital Discharge [ Time Frame: Approximately 1-30 days ]Medication name, dose, and frequency of administration for patient pre-admission medications will be recorded. Medications received during the hospitalization and discharge medications will be obtained by medical record review following hospital discharge. Pre-admission medications will be compared to discharge medications and differences will be considered discharge medication variances. Two trained pharmacists will independently review medication variances to determine clinical indications or medication errors.
- Patient PCP Visits, Emergency Room Visits and Rehospitalizations Within 30 Days Post-discharge. [ Time Frame: Within 30 post-discharge from hospital ]Details regarding patient PCP follow-up office appointments, ER visits and rehospitalizations occuring within 30 days post-discharge will be collected from the EMR.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01397253
|United States, Pennsylvania|
|UPMC Presbyterian Hospital|
|Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15213-2582|
|Principal Investigator:||Kenneth J Smith, MD, MS||University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, University of Pittsburgh|