Condition category
Injury, Occupational Diseases, Poisoning
Date applied
17/11/2006
Date assigned
05/01/2007
Last edited
08/10/2007
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 Suzanne Mason

ORCID ID

Contact details

Health Services Research
School of Health and Related Research
University of Sheffield
Regent Street
Sheffield
S1 4DA
United Kingdom

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

577/1962

Study information

Scientific title

Acronym

PPOPS

Study hypothesis

Aims:
1. Comparing differences in patient experience and satisfaction of community paramedic practitioners with the existing standard service.
2. Comparing the clinical and cost effectiveness of community paramedic practitioners with the existing standard service.
3. Assessing the effects of community paramedic practitioners on ambulance service and Emergency Department (ED) performance.

Ethics approval

The study was approved by North Sheffield LREC on the 31st March 2003, (ref: NS2002 9 1452).

Study design

Cluster randomised controlled trial

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Other

Trial type

Other

Patient information sheet

Condition

Minor injuries such as falls, lacerations, epistaxis, minor burns, foreign body - ENT (Ears, Nose and Throat) only

Intervention

Intervention:
A community based paramedic scheme intended to deliver patient centred care to older people calling the emergency services with conditions triaged as not immediately life threatening.

Control group:
Care as usual. In practice, this was an ambulance, followed by conveyance to an ED (unless the patient refused to travel to hospital).

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Specified

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

1. Emergency Department attendance or hospital admission between zero and 28 days
2. Interval from time of call to time of discharge
3. Patient satisfaction with the service received

Secondary outcome measures

1. Investigations and treatments prescribed
2. Subsequent use of health services within 28 days
3. Health status and mortality at 28 days
4. Costs

Overall trial start date

01/09/2003

Overall trial end date

26/09/2004

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

Patients aged 60 years and above were eligible for study inclusion following a call to the ambulance service if the call:
1. Originated from a Sheffield postcode
2. Was received between 08:00 am and 20:00 pm
3. Presenting with a complaint that fell within the scope of practice of the paramedic practitioners

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Senior

Gender

Not Specified

Target number of participants

2200

Participant exclusion criteria

No exclusion criteria

Recruitment start date

01/09/2003

Recruitment end date

26/09/2004

Locations

Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Health Services Research
Sheffield
S1 4DA
United Kingdom

Sponsor information

Organisation

The Health Foundation (UK)

Sponsor details

90 Long Acre
London
WC2E 9RA
United Kingdom

Sponsor type

Charity

Website

http://www.health.org.uk/

Funders

Funder type

Charity

Funder name

The Health Foundation (UK) (ref: 577/1962)

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

Results in http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?cmd=retrieve&db=pubmed&list_uids=17916813

Publication citations

  1. Results

    Mason S, Knowles E, Colwell B, Dixon S, Wardrope J, Gorringe R, Snooks H, Perrin J, Nicholl J, Effectiveness of paramedic practitioners in attending 999 calls from elderly people in the community: cluster randomised controlled trial., BMJ, 2007, 335, 7626, 919, doi: 10.1136/bmj.39343.649097.55.

Additional files

Editorial Notes