The Web-Based Education of Beginning Interns on Handoffs
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
|Official Title:||The Web-Based Education of Beginning Interns on Handoffs|
- Measurement of the quality of three discharge summaries, selected at random, using standardized content scoring card [ Time Frame: up to 1 year after study ]
- re-admission rates and determination of preventability for each re-admission case [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
|Study Start Date:||July 2009|
|Study Completion Date:||July 2010|
|Primary Completion Date:||July 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
No Intervention: Traditional training
Patients of subjects with no detailed curriculum for handoff skills during non-intervention months.
Learners provided a brief outline of how to perform discharge summaries (handout).
Learners given two core articles describing some of the communication issues regarding handoff safety.
Handoff teaching left to discretion of the subintern's team (typically the "see one, do one, teach one" method).
No feedback given to these subinterns on their performance of their handoff skills.
Group that receives educational intervention.
Other: Web-based education
Patients of subjects who were required to complete 10 web-based, independent learning modules. Each subject given a course packet which includes 13 required "core articles" pertaining to handoff skills. Each subject receives immediate feedback to each web-case with correct answers and suggested readings. Each subject given individualized feedback on their scores for summaries, instructions, and sign outs.
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