Condition category
Circulatory System
Date applied
01/09/2005
Date assigned
24/02/2006
Last edited
18/04/2008
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Completed
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Not provided at time of registration

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Dr Sharon Straus

ORCID ID

Contact details

Toronto Western Hospital
New East Wing 8-418
399 Bathurst St
Toronto
M5T 2S8
Canada
+1 416 603 5963
sstraus@mtsinai.on.ca

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

MOP-53096

Study information

Scientific title

Acronym

Study hypothesis

We anticipate that an internet-based evidence-based medicine (EBM) course that is targeted for specific medication compared to traditional CME will lead to increased use of specific medications.

Ethics approval

Health Sciences II Research Ethics Board, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (5 April, 2002).

Study design

Randomised controlled trial

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Not specified

Trial type

Not Specified

Patient information sheet

Condition

Stroke and Diabetes - continuing medical education (CME) study

Intervention

Group 1. Online course on evidence-based medicine where the topic studied is related to stroke. There are ten sessions and we ask the family physician to complete this course within 6 months.
Group 2. Online course on evidence-based medicine where the topic is related to diabetes. There are ten sessions and we ask the family physician to complete the course within 6 months.
Group 3. Mailed materials where there is a practice guideline on stroke and a hard copy of a slide presentation on stroke (traditional CME). We ask the family physician to complete the readings within 6 months.

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Specified

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

The proportion of appropriate patients who receive a prescription for statins 12 months after the completion of the study intervention i.e. the online course or completion of readings.

Secondary outcome measures

1. The proportion of patients with coronary heart failure (CHF) who receive beta-blockers
2. The proportion of patients with atrial fibrillation who receive prescriptions for warfarin at 6, 12, and 24 months after the study intervention
3. Physician satisfaction with the CME online course and the readings will be evaluated

Overall trial start date

15/05/2004

Overall trial end date

31/03/2007

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

1. In practice for at least one year
2. Will be in practice for the next year
3. Aged greater than or equal to 18 years old, either sex
4. 50% of the clinical practice are adults
5. Access to the internet
6. Able to converse and read in English

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

350

Participant exclusion criteria

1. Cannot speak English
2. Participating in another EBM CME study
3. Retiring from clinical practice witihin one year of the study onset
4. Permission denied for viewing prescription practices

Recruitment start date

15/05/2004

Recruitment end date

31/03/2007

Locations

Countries of recruitment

Canada

Trial participating centre

Toronto Western Hospital
Toronto
M5T 2S8
Canada

Sponsor information

Organisation

University of Toronto (Canada)

Sponsor details

27 Kings College Circle
Toronto
M5S 1A1
Canada

Sponsor type

University/education

Website

Funders

Funder type

Research organisation

Funder name

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) (Canada) - http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca (ref: MOP-53096)

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Not provided at time of registration

Intention to publish date

Participant level data

Not provided at time of registration

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

Publication citations

Additional files

Editorial Notes