Improving Patient Communication About SUDEP
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03502759|
Recruitment Status : Not yet recruiting
First Posted : April 19, 2018
Last Update Posted : April 24, 2018
Children with generalized tonic-clonic seizures (GTCS) have about a 1 in 4500 of succumbing to sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). For that reason, the American Academy of Neurology recommends that clinicians caring for these children make their families aware of this small but important risk and provide appropriate supportive follow-up resources. Moreover, existing evidence suggests that children with poorly controlled GTCS have a strikingly increased odds of SUDEP, 3-24 fold, raising the importance of improving seizure control.
Clinicians caring for these patients have multiple issues to address in the typical visit. The investigators propose to use information technology to help providers assure that addressing SUDEP is incorporated into their routine care. The investigators have developed the Child Health Improvement through Computer Automation system (CHICA), a computer based clinical decision support system for pediatric care. CHICA captures patient reported data in the waiting room and prioritizes clinical advice to the physician through the electronic health record (EHR).
CHICA is used in five primary care clinics in the Eskenazi health system where it supports general pediatric care. The goal of this project is to test the effectiveness of a SUDEP module in this setting where CHICA is already in use - with a future goal of developing a full suite of CHICA modules for child neurologists.
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|SUDEP Epilepsy||Behavioral: CHICA SUDEP module||Not Applicable|
Specifically, the investigators propose the following:
Aim 1: Add a "SUDEP module" to CHICA to identify children at increased risk of SUDEP, provide patient education materials that the clinician can share with the families, and recommend timelier follow-up with a child neurologist. The SUDEP module will be added to the existing installation of CHICA in the Eskenazi Health System in Indianapolis, IN so that SUDEP risk screening and advice are generated automatically in the setting of routine primary care in the 5 Eskenazi clinics.
Aim 2: Interview families of patients with epilepsy to determine if their pediatricians shared the SUDEP information and/or referred them to their neurologist. Families whose children are at risk for SUDEP will be identified through CHICA. The investigators will utilize the Pediatric Practice-based Research Network (PResNet) to follow-up these families by phone after their visits with the pediatrician. PResNet will determine if SUDEP was discussed, if a handout was provided, and if SUDEP has been discussed previously by their pediatrician or neurologist.
Aim 3: The investigators will assess physician and staff satisfaction regarding the SUDEP module of CHICA. Each year, PResNet will conduct a satisfaction survey among the clinic physicians and staff that use CHICA. The survey consists of general questions about CHICA that are asked every year and module-specific questions about new functionality that has been added.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Estimated Enrollment :||200 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Sequential Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Primary Purpose:||Health Services Research|
|Official Title:||Improving Patient Communication About SUDEP|
|Estimated Study Start Date :||May 2018|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date :||February 2019|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||February 2019|
No Intervention: Pre-intervention
Seizure patients receive usual care.
Physicians provide care enhanced by computer based clinical decision support about SUDEP.
Behavioral: CHICA SUDEP module
CHICA reminds physicians to counsel patients/families about the risk of SUDEP.
- Parent recall of SUDEP counseling [ Time Frame: within 2 weeks of a clinical encounter ]Parents will be contacted by phone and answer survey questions about SUDEP counseling during their child's most recent pediatric visit.
- Knowledge and comfort in taking care of child's epilepsy [ Time Frame: within 2 weeks of a clinical encounter ]Parents will be contacted by phone and answer survey questions about their knowledge and comfort in taking care of their child's epilepsy
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