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Theory Based SMS Reminders - Text's Impact on Patient Attendance

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02453633
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified May 2015 by Lovisenberg Diakonale Hospital.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
First Posted : May 25, 2015
Last Update Posted : May 25, 2015
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Lovisenberg Diakonale Hospital

Brief Summary:
The project will be done at the ear, nose and throat outpatient department at Lovisenberg Diakonale Hospital (LDS) in 2015-2016. About 12% of patients with appointments at the surgical outpatient clinic at LDS do not attend their appointment even after receiving both letters and shot message service (SMS) reminders. Persuasion theory suggests that the SMS reminders may be more effective if the text appeals more to the patient's feelings. The project is designed as a randomized controlled trial in which the control group receives the standard text that has neutral content and the intervention group receives a more emotion-based SMS reminder. The aim is to determine whether the more emotional text reduces the proportion of patients who do not show up for their scheduled appointment at the surgical outpatient clinic.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases Sleep Disorders Hearing Disorders Other: Emotional SMS text Other: Standard SMS text Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

Studies from Norway's Health South East (HSØ) show that the number of patients who do not attend their scheduled appointments account for 200 000 to 250 000 outpatient consultations each year. For comparison, there are 270,000 patients waiting for treatment. It has thus been recommended that regional health authorities take measures to reduce the number of patients who do not attend their scheduled appointment.

This study will evaluate whether short message service (SMS) appointment reminders that appeal to the patient's emotions are more effective for reducing non-attendance to scheduled outpatient appointments at the ear, nose, and throat outpatient clinic at Lovisenberg Diakonale Hospital in Oslo, Norway. The study will be designed as randomized controlled trial in which 2000 patients are randomly assigned to either the intervention group (emotional SMS text) or the control group (standard SMS text with neutral content). Because theory suggests that emotion-based text messages will be more effective reminders, it is hypothesized that they will result in a 50% reduction in the number of patients who do not show for their appointment compared to the control group.


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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 2000 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Theory Based SMS Reminders - Text's Impact on Patient Attendance
Study Start Date : May 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date : August 2015
Estimated Study Completion Date : August 2015

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Emotional SMS text
Patients in this arm will receive an emotion-based SMS reminder of their scheduled outpatient clinic appointment.
Other: Emotional SMS text

SMS appointment reminder with the following text (translated from Norwegian):

Reminder about your appointment. There are many who are waiting for treatment. Please notify us if you can not make your appointment on: Tuesday 31 March at 10:00.

tel. 23225501 or send email to kirpolonh@lds.no later than one weekday prior to your appointment.

No-show fee: Kr. 640.

Lovisenberg Diakonale Hospital, Department of Surgery, Ear, Nose and Throat. Do not reply to this message per SMS.


Active Comparator: Standard SMS text
Patients in this arm will receive the standard SMS reminder of their scheduled outpatient clinic appointment.
Other: Standard SMS text

SMS appointment reminder with the following text (translated from Norwegian):

Reminder of appointment at Lovisenberg Diakonale Hospital, Department of Surgery, Ear, Nose and Throat: Wednesday 11.feb 2015 at 10:00. For a change, call tel. 23225501 or send email to kirpolonh@lds.no. Do not reply to this message per SMS.





Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Appointment attendance [ Time Frame: Day of scheduled appointment ]
    Patient attendance at their scheduled clinic appointment (yes = show up at or before the scheduled time or reschedule at least 24 hours before appointment; no=does not show up by the appointed time).



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Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 80 Years   (Child, Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients (any diagnosis) with a scheduled clinic appointment at the LDS Ear, Nose and Throat Surgical Clinic or scheduled for polysomnography during the inclusion period.
  • Date of birth on or after 01.01.1935

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with 2 appointments on the same day, only the first appointment will be included.
  • Patients without a phone number
  • Patients born before 01.01.1935
  • Included patients will not be included again if they get a new appointment in the inclusion period.

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02453633


Contacts
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Contact: Trude von Trepka +47 23226862 trvt@lds.no
Contact: Grete Saetre +47 23225501 gres@lds.no

Sponsors and Collaborators
Lovisenberg Diakonale Hospital
Investigators
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Study Director: Bjørn Holm, MD Lovisenberg Diakonale Hospital
Principal Investigator: Anners Lerdal, RN, PhD Lovisenberg Diakonale Hospital

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Responsible Party: Lovisenberg Diakonale Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02453633     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SMS-ENT
First Posted: May 25, 2015    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 25, 2015
Last Verified: May 2015
Keywords provided by Lovisenberg Diakonale Hospital:
Appointment reminder
Attendance
No-show
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Hearing Disorders
Sleep Wake Disorders
Disease
Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases
Pathologic Processes
Nervous System Diseases
Neurologic Manifestations
Signs and Symptoms
Mental Disorders
Ear Diseases
Sensation Disorders