Condition category
Respiratory
Date applied
23/01/2004
Date assigned
23/01/2004
Last edited
11/09/2013
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Completed
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
A previous study of school-aged children with asthma carried out in routine practice settings suggested that computer-assisted learning (CAL) may improve children’s knowledge of their condition and its management. The aim of this study was to find out about the benefits of computer-based instruction about asthma for school-aged children, and to see whether unplanned asthma-related care was reduced during the following 3 years. If computer-generated instruction is shown to be beneficial it represents a potentially cost effective method which could be used in schools and healthcare settings.

Who can participate?
Children with asthma confirmed with medical records.

What does the study involve?
Children were randomly allocated to either the CAL group or the control group. Children in the control group received standard care. Children in the CAL group, using the computer program, were given additional instruction to that normally given on various aspects of their asthma. Following prior consent from the GPs of individual patients, a postal questionnaire was sent to patients to ascertain any type of unplanned asthma care, such as attendance at A&E, hospital admission or emergency calls to the GP.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
Children in the CAL group may become more competent and confident in managing their own asthma.

Where is the study run from?
Nuffield Institute for Health, University of Leeds (UK).

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
The study ran from January 1993 to September 1995.

Who is funding the study?
NHS Executive Northern and Yorkshire (UK).

Who is the main contact?
Catherine Gleeson
c.r.gleeson@talk21.com

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Mrs Catherine Gleeson

ORCID ID

Contact details

2 The Dell
Fixby
Huddersfield
HD2 2FD
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1484 546 616
c.r.gleeson@talk21.com

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

ASTEDUC

Study information

Scientific title

Acronym

Study hypothesis

The principal aim of this project is to objectively evaluate the benefits of computer-based instruction about asthma for school aged children. If computer generated instruction is shown to be beneficial it represents a potentially cost effective method which could be used in schools and health care settings, which would empower children to become more competent and confident in managing their own asthma.

Ethics approval

Not provided at time of registration

Study design

Randomised controlled trial

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Not specified

Trial type

Not Specified

Patient information sheet

Condition

Respiratory tract diseases: Asthma

Intervention

1. Children given instruction additional to that normally given, using the computer program on various aspects of their asthma
2. Standard care

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Specified

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

Medium and long term retention of knowledge and techniques

Secondary outcome measures

Not provided at time of registration

Overall trial start date

10/01/1993

Overall trial end date

30/09/1995

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

Children with asthma - confirmed with medical records

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Child

Gender

Not Specified

Target number of participants

Not provided at time of registration

Participant exclusion criteria

Not provided at time of registration

Recruitment start date

10/01/1993

Recruitment end date

30/09/1995

Locations

Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

2 The Dell
Huddersfield
HD2 2FD
United Kingdom

Sponsor information

Organisation

NHS R&D Regional Programme Register - Department of Health (UK)

Sponsor details

The Department of Health
Richmond House
79 Whitehall
London
SW1A 2NL
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7307 2622
dhmail@doh.gsi.org.uk

Sponsor type

Government

Website

http://www.doh.gov.uk

Funders

Funder type

Government

Funder name

NHS Executive Northern and Yorkshire (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

No publication intended as of 29/09/2011

Publication citations

Additional files

Editorial Notes