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Evaluation of an E-learning Program for Assessing Pressure Ulcer Risk and Pressure Ulcer Classification - a Pilot Study

This study has been completed.
Sophies Minde Ortopedi AS
Norwegian Nurses Organisation
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Oslo University Hospital Identifier:
First received: March 20, 2012
Last updated: October 22, 2014
Last verified: October 2014
The purpose of this study is to determine wether e-learning is a more effective than traditional classroom teaching at norwegian nurses ability to use the Braden risk assessment scale and pressure ulcer classification.

Condition Intervention
Other: e-learning
Other: traditional classroom training

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Participant)
Official Title: Randomized Controlled Trial to Evaluate the Effect of E-learning on Nurses Ability to Assess Patient Risk for Pressure Ulcers and Pressure Ulcer Classification

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Further study details as provided by Oslo University Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Braden scale score [ Time Frame: up to 24 weeks ]
    Both subscale and total sum on five patient cases are collected using Braden scale at baseline (right before and right after the intervention) to see if the intervention is giving a change in the score. At 12 weeks and 24 weeks to see if the knowledge remains.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Pressure ulcer classification [ Time Frame: up to 24 weeks ]
    pressure ulcer photos in different categories are scored by normal skin, category 1,2, 3 or 4. Baseline (right before and right after the intervention) to see if the intervention is giving a change in the score. At 12 weeks and 24 weeks to see if the knowledge remains.

Enrollment: 68
Study Start Date: March 2012
Study Completion Date: December 2012
Primary Completion Date: December 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
traditional Classroom training
one group of nurses receive traditional classroom training to learn about the braden scale and pressure ulcer classification
Other: traditional classroom training
Braden scale and pressure ulcer classification
one group of nurses receive e-learning as a training method to learn about the braden scale and classification of pressure ulcer
Other: e-learning
Braden scale and pressure ulcer classification

Detailed Description:

Most pressure ulcers (PU)can be prevented and assessment of the patient skin and risk factors for pressure ulcers is the first step. Epidemiological studies are also an important element in the prevention of PU and requires consistent registration based on standardized definitions and tools. Staff knowledge is critical in this work. However showed a Norwegian pilot study on the prevalence of PU deficient knowledge among nursing staff in terms reliable classification of PU and PU-assessment of risk. The pilot study showed the need for training to reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers and to ensure data quality in future studies.

E-learning is an alternative to traditional courses and will help to streamline and standardize training by allowing a larger number of personnel be reached with this method of training. It is not designed Norwegian e-learning program that addresses the use of risk assessment instrument or classification of PU. We have developed one program to train personnel in the PU-classification and risk assessment and plan to evaluate this. The program will be an important contribution to the PU-prevention as well as the program will be used in the execution of a multicenter prevalence study of PU-prevalence.

Nurses will randomly assign to a lecture, e-learning or to a control group. The lecture and e-learning are based on the same content. The nurses will score five patient cases with braden scale before and after intervention and 20 pictures of pressure ulcers in different categories before and 40 after intervention. The control group will only do a pretest.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 67 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • registered nurse and postgraduate nurse working at somatic ward, emergency ward, surgical department, intensive care unit,recovery, nursinghome or homecare

Exclusion Criteria:

  • working at maternity ward, pediatric ward, psychiatric ward
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01567410

Oslo university hospital
Oslo, Norway, 0424
Sponsors and Collaborators
Oslo University Hospital
Sophies Minde Ortopedi AS
Norwegian Nurses Organisation
Principal Investigator: Ida M. Bredesen, PhDcandidate Oslo University Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Oslo University Hospital Identifier: NCT01567410     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2012/471
Study First Received: March 20, 2012
Last Updated: October 22, 2014

Keywords provided by Oslo University Hospital:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pressure Ulcer
Skin Ulcer
Skin Diseases processed this record on May 25, 2017