Condition category
Mental and Behavioural Disorders
Date applied
22/08/2006
Date assigned
11/09/2006
Last edited
28/07/2009
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 Horst Christian Vollmar

ORCID ID

Contact details

Witten/Herdecke University
Faculty of Medicine
Alfred-Herrhausen-Str. 50
Witten
58448
Germany

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

01GK0512

Study information

Scientific title

Knowledge translation for dementia: a cluster randomised trial to compare a blended learning approach with vocational training in quality circles of general practitioners

Acronym

WIDA (Wissensvermittlung Demenz in der Allgemeinmedizin)

Study hypothesis

Outcomes with respect to knowledge gain differ in Quality Circles (QC) with a blended learning approach versus QC with vocational training.

As of 28/07/09 this trial was updated to include a seperate public and scientific title.

Ethics approval

Ethics committee of Witten/Herdecke University (reference number: 42/2006), date of approval: 20/06/2006 (first amendment: 20/07/2006)

Study design

Open, cluster randomised controlled trial (randomisation on the level of general practitioners' quality circles)

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

GP practices

Trial type

Other

Patient information sheet

Condition

Dementia

Intervention

Scientific researchers of Witten/Herdecke University offer a dementia education programme to moderators of QCs particular with GPs. Participating GPs in the intervention group were motivated to do some home study on the internet (t0). Online case-based learning and e-learning test modules for Continuing Medical Education (CME) in dementia were made available. At the next date of the QC the GPs received a structured discussion about the content of the dementia learning modules (t1). Between t0 and t1 the participants got a reminder.

The control group received usual vocational training followed by a structured discussion about dementia.

Both groups, the GPs in the intervention and in the control group, received written information on the "state-of-the-art" diagnosis and therapy of patients with dementia (short and comprehensive version of an evidence-based dementia guideline for GPs).

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Specified

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

At six weeks (+/- three weeks) (t1): knowledge gain measured by a multiple choice questionnaire with 20 questions about the diagnosis and therapy of dementia (difference from baseline at t0 to t1)

Secondary outcome measures

At six weeks (+/- three weeks) (t1):
1. Evaluation of the education program by questionnaire
2. Questionnaire about utilisation and efficiency of educational media

At six months (+/- three weeks) (t2):
1. Knowledge about dementia (same questionnaire as at t0 and t1)
2. By 15% of participants: behaviour measured by four parameters (utilisation of psychometric tests, International Classification of Diseases (ICD) -codes for dementia, dementia drug prescribing, coordination of dementia care) extracted from the primary care computer systems
3. By 15% of participants: quality interviews focusing on strategies of lifelong learning as well as care of patients with dementia

Overall trial start date

01/07/2005

Overall trial end date

30/06/2007

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

On the level of quality circles (QC):
1. QC or ambulatory practice networks with an telephone agreement of the moderator and particular with General Practitioners (GPs)
2. GPs who participated in both sequential dates of the quality circles
3. GPs with internet access (home or practice)

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

20 quality circles with 174 general practitioners (GPs)

Participant exclusion criteria

Participation in another QC which participates in the study

Recruitment start date

01/07/2005

Recruitment end date

30/06/2007

Locations

Countries of recruitment

Germany

Trial participating centre

Witten/Herdecke University
Witten
58448
Germany

Sponsor information

Organisation

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) / German Aerospace Center (DLR) (Germany)

Sponsor details

BMBF Projektträger im DLR Gesundheitsforschung
Heinrich-Konen-Str. 1
Bonn
53227
Germany

Sponsor type

Government

Website

http://www.pt-dlr.de

Funders

Funder type

Government

Funder name

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)/German Aerospace Center (DLR) (ref. number: 01GK0512)

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

2009 protocol in http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17587452

Publication citations

  1. Protocol

    Vollmar HC, Butzlaff ME, Lefering R, Rieger MA, Knowledge translation on dementia: a cluster randomized trial to compare a blended learning approach with a "classical" advanced training in GP quality circles., BMC Health Serv Res, 2007, 7, 92, doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-7-92.

Additional files

Editorial Notes