Video Discharge Instructions for Fever and ED Recidivism

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 1, 2012
Last Update Posted : August 1, 2012
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sharon Smith, Connecticut Children's Medical Center

July 30, 2012
August 1, 2012
August 1, 2012
February 2011
May 2012   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
recidivism [ Time Frame: 72 hours ]
Proportion of subjects who returned to the ED within 72 hours of index visit for fever
Same as current
No Changes Posted
usefulness [ Time Frame: 1 week ]
Rating of how useful the parents found the discharge instructions
Same as current
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Video Discharge Instructions for Fever and ED Recidivism
Video Discharge Instructions for Fever and ED Recidivism
To evaluate the effect of video discharge instructions on return visits to the ER or ED within 72 hours of the original visit for children with febrile illnesses.
This is a randomized prospective convenience study of children presenting to the ED. Children greater than 8 weeks and up to and including their 18th birthday are enrolled. Patients were randomly assigned to one of two study groups: video + written fever specific discharge instructions and only written fever specific discharge instructions. Parents assigned to the video group watched the DVD in the emergency department (ED) and take it home along with the written instructions. At 72 hours both groups received a phone call asking whether they returned to the ED and the usefulness of discharge instructions (DVD and/or written). Critically ill children and those with chronic medical conditions were excluded. The primary outcome is a return ED visit for fever confirmed in our electronic medical record and questionnaire response. The secondary outcome is reported parental usefulness of the discharge instructions.
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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Children Who Present to the ED With Minor Febrile Illnesses
Behavioral: Intervention
Other Name: Video (DVD) discharge instructions
  • Experimental: Intervention
    Video (DVD) discharge instructions
    Intervention: Behavioral: Intervention
  • No Intervention: Control
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*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
Same as current
May 2012
May 2012   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Children ages 8 weeks to 18 years
  • Presented to the ED with a chief complaint of fever. Fever was defined as a temperature greater than or equal to 100.4⁰F
  • English or Spanish speaking
  • Working telephone for follow-up call
  • Venue to view DVD at home (TV, computer, etc)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Children with a chronic medical illness
  • Children with immune-compromising conditions
  • Allergies to acetaminophen or ibuprofen
  • Previously enrolled
  • Admitted at the time of their index ED visit
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
8 Weeks to 18 Years   (Child, Adult)
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United States
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Sharon Smith, Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Connecticut Children's Medical Center
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Connecticut Children's Medical Center
July 2012

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