Basel Discharge Communication Project (BACOP)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified August 2012 by University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland.
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
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University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland Identifier:
First received: February 22, 2012
Last updated: August 24, 2012
Last verified: August 2012

Patient-centered information plays an important role in medical care. In acute care, informing patients about test-results and future treatment is the final and probably the most crucial step. It is relative inexpensive and yet has the potential of having beneficial effects on patient's quality of life when performed well. Whereas under certain circumstances (and in specialties such as oncology), information can be reiterated, in other contexts such as that of the emergency department (ED), caregivers as well as patients rely on a single opportunity to provide information ("crammed information"). Presenting information at discharge may have a profound impact on quality of life and other outcomes, such as re-admission and health-care cost. Though there are - albeit conflicting - results in the context of acute care about the form (oral vs. written) of information-giving at discharge, there is surprisingly little information about the content of such information. Furthermore, the wealth of literature on information-giving stems from primary care, oncology, psychiatry and pediatrics, with only few publications concerning ED settings - and none regarding the content of information provided for the most frequent serious complaint, namely chest pain. We therefore aimed to determine the content of discharge information in ED patients with chest pain that is likely to result, from the point of view of the caregivers, in optimized outcomes.

Personal Communication
Hospital Discharge Dx | Patient

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: BACOP - Basel Discharge Communication Project - Part 1

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Further study details as provided by University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Recall Performance
    To determine whether the standardized discharge communication form is superior to the non-standardized procedure in terms of recall performance (comparing measures after the standardized and the non-standardized procedure, respectively).

Estimated Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: July 2011
Chest pain patients
Patients presenting to the emergency department with chest pain


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Patients presenting to the emergency department with chest pain


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with chest pain
  • Written informed consent obtained (in case of limited ability to give informed consent, information on the study will be given later. The informed consent will be signed by proxy according to the patients will, or an independent physician will be consulted (Guidelines according to HMG Art. 56))

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with dementia will not be included because of possibly occurring memory deficits
  • Patients being younger than 18 years will not be included because of limited ability to give informed consent
  • Patients will not be included in case of increased troponin level, as it is an indicator for myocardial infarction or injury in a person with chest pain
  • Patients with none (less than one) of five identified cardiovascular risk factor (smoking history, diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, or family history of CHD) will not be included because symptoms like chest pain in such patients are typically not indicative of acute coronary syndrome but of diagnoses such as anxiety disorder.
  • Patients with severely limited ability to communicate in German (the default language at the hospital) will not be included.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01540266

Contact: Roland M Bingisser, MD +41 61 265 58 30

University Hospital Recruiting
Basel, Switzerland, 4031
Contact: Roland M Bingisser, MD    +41 61 265 58 30   
Sub-Investigator: Christian E Mueller, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Wolf A Langewitz, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland
Study Chair: Selina Ackermann, M.Sc. Basel University Hospital
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland Identifier: NCT01540266     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CR13I3_140651
Study First Received: February 22, 2012
Last Updated: August 24, 2012
Health Authority: Switzerland: Ethikkommission

Keywords provided by University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland:
physician-patient communication
discharge communication
important content
chest pain
emergency department processed this record on March 26, 2015