Condition category
Not Applicable
Date applied
12/03/2015
Date assigned
22/04/2015
Last edited
22/04/2015
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Ongoing
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
Recognizing and managing elder abuse is important to protect the increasing proportion of elderly in our population. Primary care doctors are in an ideal position to engage in early identification, support and referral of persons experiencing elder abuse and neglect. However, doctors may not have adequate knowledge and skills to intervene. We have developed educational material on elder abuse and neglect based on the doctors’ needs. We are going to recruit a group of primary care doctors who will receive this educational material. In this study we will evaluate the effect of receiving this educational material on doctors’ knowledge and practice in the short term and the long term.

Who can participate?
Primary care doctors in Malaysia.

What does the study involve?
We will recruit two groups of primary care doctors. One group will undergo a structured training on elder abuse and neglect intervention. Evaluation prior to the training, immediately after, 3 months and 6 months after the training will allow us to see the effect of training on the participants’ knowledge and practice related to the topic. Another group, the comparison group, will not receive any training but will undergo evaluation at the start of the study and after 6 and 12 months. The comparison group will eventually receive their training after the evaluation is completed.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
All participants will receive a structured educational programme related to elder abuse and neglect intervention. This involves an interactive workshop that includes discussing scenarios of presentations and ways of intervening in elder abuse and neglect. By taking part in this study there are no risks of physical injury or harm to any of the participants.

Where is the study run from?
The intervention group will be from a state in central region and the comparison group will be from another state in the northern region. The study will run in two separate states of Peninsula Malaysia to avoid contamination of information among the primary care doctors. Both states have a similar health system and serve a population with a similar background.

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
The study started in September 2014 and will run for 5 years or until the required number of participants have been recruited and evaluated.

Who is funding the study?
Grand Challenge Fund of University of Malaya (Malaysia).

Who is the main contact?
Assoc. Prof Dr Sajaratulnisah Othman
sajaratul@ummc.edu.my

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Public

Primary contact

Assoc Professor Dr Sajaratulnisah Othman

ORCID ID

http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5786-1299

Contact details

Department of Primary Care Medicine
Faculty of Medicine
University of Malaya
Kuala Lumpur
50603
Malaysia
+60 (0)379492306
sajaratul@ummc.edu.my

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

GC001C-14HTM

Study information

Scientific title

The effect of an educational intervention on primary care doctors' knowledge and practice in detecting and managing elder abuse and neglect

Acronym

Study hypothesis

A structured educational programme for primary care doctors will improve their knowledge and practice in elder abuse and neglect intervention.

Ethics approval

1. University of Malaya Medical Centre, 11/02/2014, ref: 201401-0686
2. Medical Research & Ethics Committee, Ministry of Health Malaysia, 31/07/2014, ref: NMRR-13-1456-16443 (IIR)

Study design

Controlled before and after evaluation study

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Controlled before and after evaluation study

Trial setting

GP practices

Trial type

Other

Patient information sheet

Condition

Elder abuse and neglect

Intervention

We will recruit two groups of primary care doctors. One group will undergo a structured training on elder abuse and neglect intervention. Evaluation prior to the training, immediately after, 6 months and 12 months after the training will allow us to see the effect of training on the participants’ knowledge and practice related to the topic. Another group, the comparison group, will not receive any training but will undergo evaluation at baseline, 3 months and 6 months. The comparison group will eventually receive their training after the evaluation is completed.

Intervention type

Behavioural

Phase

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

Improvement of knowledge and attitude
Timeline of outcome evaluation: before intervention, immediately after intervention, 6 months and 12 months post intervention
Methods used to measure outcome: a self-administered questionnaire assessing participants' knowledge and practice in relation to elder abuse management

Secondary outcome measures

Increase documentation of elder abuse and neglect suspected and confirmed cases
Timeline of outcome evaluation: before intervention, immediately after intervention, 6 months and 12 months post intervention
Methods used to measure outcome: a self-administered questionnaire assessing participants' knowledge and practice in relation to elder abuse management

Overall trial start date

03/06/2014

Overall trial end date

02/06/2019

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

Doctors practicing in primary care setting

Participant type

Health professional

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

400

Participant exclusion criteria

Non-practising doctors

Recruitment start date

13/09/2014

Recruitment end date

12/09/2016

Locations

Countries of recruitment

Malaysia

Trial participating centre

Department of Health, Ministry of Health
Malaysia

Sponsor information

Organisation

University of Malaya

Sponsor details

Wellness Research Cluster (WRC)
Level 7
Research Management and Innovation Complex
University Malaya
Kuala Lumpur
50603
Malaysia
+60 (0)379677809
wellnesscluster@um.edu.my

Sponsor type

University/education

Website

http://htm.um.edu.my

Funders

Funder type

University/education

Funder name

University of Malaya Grand Challenge (GC001C-14HTM)

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Funder name

University of Malaya Research Grant (RG468-12HTM)

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

We plan to publishing the protocol and the intervention result.

Intention to publish date

Participant level data

Available on request

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

Publication citations

Additional files

Editorial Notes