Condition category
Not Applicable
Date applied
07/04/2015
Date assigned
23/05/2015
Last edited
15/05/2015
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Completed
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
A lot of effort is put on the production of clinical guidelines, however the challenge is with putting them into practice. They are generally developed with health professionals in mind, but patients also need good quality sources of evidence to help them make decisions about their healthcare. It is challenging to write patient versions of guidelines that patients can engage with when making healthcare decisions. The EU funded project DECIDE has developed guidelines in presentation formats designed for the public. Here, we want to test these formats in the citizens' health portal Terveyskirjasto, which is produced by the publishing house of Duodecim, the Finnish Society of Physicians'. The objective of this trial is to compare the DECIDE patient versions to the traditional patient versions of guidelines used in the citizens’ portal.

Who can participate?
Users of the Terveyskirjasto health portal.

What does the study involve?
Participants are randomly allocated into one of two groups. Those in group 1 are given access to the portals current patient guidelines. Those in group 2 are given access to the guidelines developed by DECIDE. All participants in the study record their experience by filling in a short survey.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
Not provided at time of registration.

Where is the study run from?
Duodecim Medical Publications Ltd. (Kustannus Oy Duodecim) (Finland)

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
May 2015 to August 2015

Who is funding the study?
Duodecim Medical Publications Ltd. (Kustannus Oy Duodecim) (Finland)

Who is the main contact?
Professor Helena Liira

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Professor Helena Liira

ORCID ID

http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6577-3109

Contact details

15
Atkinson Road
Subiaco
6008
Australia

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

N/A

Study information

Scientific title

DECIDE WP3: Disseminating evidence based guidelines to public and patients: a randomised controlled trial in citizens' health portal

Acronym

Study hypothesis

Patients and public may be willing to make more evidence based decisions concerning health if they are provided with evidence based health information.

Ethics approval

Helsinki University Central Hospital Coordinating Ethics Committee, ref: 209/13/03/00/2011

Study design

A randomised controlled trial

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Trial setting

Not specified

Trial type

Not Specified

Patient information sheet

Condition

Patient version of guidelines on various conditions and focusing on self-management of diseases in Finnish citizens' health portal Terveyskirjasto

Intervention

Users of the Terveyskirjasto health portal are randomised either to current patient versions or ones developed within DECIDE EU-project and with an explicit evidence summary

Intervention type

Behavioural

Phase

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

Compliance with guidelines

Secondary outcome measures

1. Understanding of the clinical issue
2. Usefulness of the patient version

Overall trial start date

01/05/2015

Overall trial end date

31/08/2015

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

Users of the citizens' health portal Terveyskirjasto, mostly public and patients, potentially also health professionals

Participant type

All

Age group

All

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

500

Participant exclusion criteria

None

Recruitment start date

01/05/2015

Recruitment end date

31/08/2015

Locations

Countries of recruitment

Finland

Trial participating centre

Duodecim Medical Publications Ltd. (Kustannus Oy Duodecim)
Kaivokatu 10 A
Helsinki
00100
Finland

Sponsor information

Organisation

Duodecim Medical Publications Ltd. (Kustannus Oy Duodecim)

Sponsor details

Kaivokatu 10 A
Helsinki
00100
Finland
+358 9 618851
liisa.snicker@duodecim.fi

Sponsor type

Industry

Website

www.duodecim.fi

Funders

Funder type

Industry

Funder name

Duodecim Medical Publications Ltd. (Kustannus Oy Duodecim)

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

This randomised controlled trial will be published as a scientific paper in a journal related to either implementation science or patient information. The results will also be disseminated by DECIDE, the research consortium and EU project to which this study belongs to. The paper will be drafted by the end of 2015 and published hopefully during 2016.

Intention to publish date

Participant level data

Available on request

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

Publication citations

Additional files

Editorial Notes