Electronic Health Record (EHR) Decision Support to Improve Outpatient Asthma Care
To determine whether an innovative clinical decision support system embedded in an existing electronic health record (EHR) will improve provider adherence to the existing National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) guidelines.
12 primary care pediatric practices at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia(both urban and suburban sites) will be randomized to receive either a passive EHR (control sites) or an interactive decision support system (intervention sites).
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
|Official Title:||EHR Decision Support to Improve Outpatient Asthma Care|
- The primary outcome measure is the proportion of persistent asthmatic patients with at least one prescription for a controller medication in each period. There are two periods of study: baseline and intervention. [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
- Secondary outcomes include the proportion of persistent asthmatic patients with 1)an updated asthma action plan, 2)spirometry as needed 3)problem list with current asthma severity 4)asthma-related quality of life scores 5)absent school and work days. [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
|Study Start Date:||January 2006|
|Study Completion Date:||August 2009|
|Primary Completion Date:||July 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Practices with the EHR implemented will be randomized have the asthma disease management tools available passively (the control group).
The asthma disease management toolkit available to all practices in the EHR will consist of four elements:
The intervention sites will have decision support alerts and reminders activated to guide providers toward these tools in the appropriate situations.
Three alerts and two reminders will be programmed:
After receiving a standardized education module based on NAEPP guidelines, 12 primary care pediatric practices (both urban and suburban sites) will be randomized to receive either a passive EHR (control sites) or an interactive decision support system (intervention sites).
The primary outcome of interest will be the proportion of patients on appropriate asthma controller medication compared over time. Secondary outcomes include the proportion of asthma patients with: 1) an updated asthma action plan 2) documentation of spirometry performed (6 to 17 yrs) and 3) an updated problem list reflecting current asthma severity. After hours calls to providers and types of office visits related to asthma will be tracked. 4) In addition, measurement of asthma-related quality of life and missed school and work in a sample of 200 subjects from each group will be performed. Contextual factors at the clinic and patient level will be examined to assess their association with outcomes of interest.
If shown to be successful, this type of clinical decision support, embedded within the EHR, has the potential to be a powerful tool to improve the implementation of asthma guidelines and clinical practice guidelines for other conditions and illnesses in the primary setting.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00918944
|United States, Pennsylvania|
|The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia|
|Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19104|
|Principal Investigator:||Louis M Bell, MD||Children's Hospital of Philadelphia|