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Does Instruction on Cognitive Aid Use Improve Performance and Retention of Skills?

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01646372
First Posted: July 20, 2012
Last Update Posted: April 28, 2017
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Collaborators:
The Academy for Innovation in Medical Education
The Ottawa Hospital Academic Medical Association
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  Purpose
The purpose of this study is to investigate whether formal instruction on the use of cognitive aids in managing a crisis will result in better longterm retention of knowledge and skills. In particular, this study examines the impact of cognitive aid teaching on the Advanced Cardiac Life Support course.

Condition Intervention
Long-term Retention of Advanced Cardiac Life Support Skills Other: Standard Simulation Based ACLS Refresher Teaching Other: Cognitive Aid based ACLS Refresher training

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Other
Official Title: Does Instruction on Cognitive Aid Use Improve Performance and Retention of Skills? A Simulation Based Randomized Controlled Trial

Further study details as provided by Ottawa Hospital Research Institute:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • ACLS Megacode Examination Scale Score [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Simulated scenarios will be videotaped. These will be scored according to the ACLS megacode testing checklist by trained video raters


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Anesthesia Non-Technical Skills Scale (ANTS) [ Time Frame: 6 Months ]
    Simulated Scenarios will be videotaped. Videos will be scored by trained raters according to the validated Anesthesia Nontechnical Skills Scale.


Enrollment: 55
Study Start Date: July 2012
Study Completion Date: January 31, 2017
Primary Completion Date: October 31, 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Control Group
This group gets a simulation based ACLS refresher as treatment, but no access to cognitive aids for any of the tests.
Other: Standard Simulation Based ACLS Refresher Teaching
45min-1 hour time. 15 minutes didactic review of 2010 ACLS guidelines followed by practice simulated megacodes
Active Comparator: 2nd Control Group
This group receives a standard Simulation based ACLS refresher as the intervention, like the control group. No mention is made of Cognitive Aids in the teaching, but they are available during the post-test and retention post-test.
Other: Standard Simulation Based ACLS Refresher Teaching
45min-1 hour time. 15 minutes didactic review of 2010 ACLS guidelines followed by practice simulated megacodes
Experimental: Cognitive Aid Group
This group receives Cognitive Aid based teaching as the intervention. They also have access to cognitive aids for post-test and retention post-test
Other: Cognitive Aid based ACLS Refresher training
45min-1 hour time. 15 minutes didactic review of 2010 ACLS guidelines followed by simulated ACLS megacode practice focused on the use of Cognitive Aids to guide management.

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Post-graduate Medical trainee in departments of Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine
  • Has taken ACLS Course at least once

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Never taken ACLS Course
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01646372


Locations
Canada, Ontario
The Ottawa Hospital
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1Y 4E9
Sponsors and Collaborators
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
The Academy for Innovation in Medical Education
The Ottawa Hospital Academic Medical Association
  More Information

Responsible Party: Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01646372     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: OHRI-20120006
First Submitted: July 16, 2012
First Posted: July 20, 2012
Last Update Posted: April 28, 2017
Last Verified: April 2017

Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No

Keywords provided by Ottawa Hospital Research Institute:
Medical Education
Cognitive Aid
Crisis Resource Management
Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Skills Retention