Condition category
Not Applicable
Date applied
16/02/2006
Date assigned
28/02/2006
Last edited
18/12/2012
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 Bernard Croal

ORCID ID

Contact details

Department of Clinical Biochemistry
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Foresterhill
Aberdeen
AB25 2ZD
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1224 552 507
bernie.croal@nhs.net

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

GREC 01/202

Study information

Scientific title

A cluster randomised trial of the effect of enhanced feedback and brief educational reminder messages on laboratory test requesting in primary care

Acronym

DRAM

Study hypothesis

The aim of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of two interventions (enhanced educational audit and feedback and test report reminders) in reducing the number and increasing the appropriateness of general practitioner laboratory test requests, within a factorial randomised controlled trial.

Ethics approval

Approval received from the Grampian Research Ethics Committee on the 6th September 2001 (ref: 01/0202).

Study design

Cluster randomised controlled trial (2 x 2 factorial).

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

GP practices

Trial type

Diagnostic

Patient information sheet

Condition

Laboratory test requesting behaviour for nine targeted tests.

Intervention

2 x 2 factorial trial:
1. Test report reminder educational messages and educationally enhanced audit and feedback
2. Test report reminder educational messages and no educationally enhanced audit and feedback
3. Educationally enhanced audit and feedback and no test report reminder educational messages
4. No test report reminder educational messages and no educationally enhanced audit and feedback

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Applicable

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

Number of tests requested

Secondary outcome measures

Appropriateness of requesting

Overall trial start date

01/02/2001

Overall trial end date

01/02/2004

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

All General Practices and Practitioners in Grampian and Moray Regions of Scotland.

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

85 practices, 370 Doctors

Participant exclusion criteria

Does not meet inclusion criteria

Recruitment start date

01/02/2001

Recruitment end date

01/02/2004

Locations

Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Department of Clinical Biochemistry
Aberdeen
AB25 2ZD
United Kingdom

Sponsor information

Organisation

University of Aberdeen (UK)

Sponsor details

The Health Services Research Unit
Foresterhill
Aberdeen
AB25 2ZD
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1224 553 909
hsru@abdn.ac.uk

Sponsor type

University/education

Website

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/hsru/

Funders

Funder type

Charity

Funder name

The Wellcome Trust (UK) (grant ref: 063790) - Health Services Research Training Fellowship

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

2006 results in http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16782489

Publication citations

  1. Results

    Thomas RE, Croal BL, Ramsay C, Eccles M, Grimshaw J, Effect of enhanced feedback and brief educational reminder messages on laboratory test requesting in primary care: a cluster randomised trial., Lancet, 2006, 367, 9527, 1990-1996, doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(06)68888-0.

Additional files

Editorial Notes