Condition category
Skin and Connective Tissue Diseases
Date applied
23/01/2004
Date assigned
23/01/2004
Last edited
17/09/2010
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

Prof Richard Wootton

ORCID ID

Contact details

Institute of Telemedicine and Telecare
Royals Hospitals Trust
Belfast
BT12 6BA
United Kingdom
r.wootton@pobox.com

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

PSI03-33

Study information

Scientific title

Acronym

Study hypothesis

Comparison of real time teledermatology with outpatient dermatology in terms of clinical outcomes, cost-benefits, and patient reattendance.

Ethics approval

Received from local medical ethics committee

Study design

Randomised controlled trial

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Other

Trial type

Diagnostic

Patient information sheet

Condition

Skin and connective tissue diseases

Intervention

Patients randomised to a teledermatology consultation attended their own health centre and, in the company of a general practitioner, were seen by a hospital dermatologist over the videolink. Patients randomised to a hospital consultation were seen by the dermatologist in the outpatient department as normal. The dermatologist recorded a diagnosis, management plan, clinical outcome of consultation, and length of consultation time. All patients received an accelerated referral and were seen within 10 days.

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Applicable

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

1. Reported clinical outcome of initial consultation
2. Primary care and outpatient reattendance data
3. Cost-benefit analysis of both methods of delivering care

Secondary outcome measures

Not provided at time of registration

Overall trial start date

01/06/1995

Overall trial end date

01/12/2000

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

204 general practice patients requiring referral to dermatology services; 102 were randomised to teledermatology consultation and 102 to traditional outpatient consultation.

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Not Specified

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

204

Participant exclusion criteria

Does not match inclusion criteria

Recruitment start date

01/06/1995

Recruitment end date

01/12/2000

Locations

Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Institute of Telemedicine and Telecare
Belfast
BT12 6BA
United Kingdom

Sponsor information

Organisation

Record Provided by the NHS R&D 'Time-Limited' National Programme Register - Department of Health (UK)

Sponsor details

The Department of Health
Richmond House
79 Whitehall
London
SW1A 2NL
United Kingdom

Sponsor type

Government

Website

http://www.doh.gov.uk

Funders

Funder type

Government

Funder name

NHS Primary and Secondary Care Interface National Research and Development Programme (UK)

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

1. 1998 preliminary results in http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9640716
2. 2000 results in http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10797038

Publication citations

  1. Preliminary results

    Loane MA, Gore HE, Bloomer SE, Corbett R, Eedy DJ, Mathews C, Steele K, Wootton R, Preliminary results from the Northern Ireland arms of the UK Multicentre Teledermatology Trial: is clinical management by realtime teledermatology possible?, J Telemed Telecare, 1998, 4 Suppl 1, 3-5.

  2. Results

    Wootton R, Bloomer SE, Corbett R, Eedy DJ, Hicks N, Lotery HE, Mathews C, Paisley J, Steele K, Loane MA, Multicentre randomised control trial comparing real time teledermatology with conventional outpatient dermatological care: societal cost-benefit analysis., BMJ, 2000, 320, 7244, 1252-1256.

Additional files

Editorial Notes