Condition category
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Date applied
12/10/2006
Date assigned
12/10/2006
Last edited
12/10/2006
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Completed
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Not provided at time of registration

Trial website

http://www.SnelBeter.nl

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Ms Judith Heinrich

ORCID ID

Contact details

TNO Quality of Life
P.O. Box 718
Hoofddorp
2130 AS
Netherlands
+31 (0)23 55499922
judith.heinrich@tno.nl

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ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

N/A

Study information

Scientific title

Acronym

Effectiveness of www.SnelBeter.nl

Study hypothesis

Many employees who are sicklisted do not really know how to handle the situation. Simple and specific education and individually based instructions through a website can possibly solve or reduce this problem. Moreover, the website contains a questionnaire which offers relevant information for the Occupational Physician (OP). This can be a helpful tool, because OPs unfortunately often neglect guidelines.

Previous studies show that OPs do not refer at all or refer too late to specific interventions. This study will investigate the effectiveness of an interactive website. The hypothesis is that employees, by using this website, learn how to handle the situation. This will improve recovery and stimulate earlier return to work. Besides, the OPs will receive more information by using this website. Due to this extra information OPs can refer quickly to an intervention.

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

Other

Trial type

Diagnostic

Patient information sheet

Condition

Work-related MusculoSkeletal Disorders (WMSDs)

Intervention

All participants will receive usual care in accordance with the guidelines for OPs. Participants in the intervention group will also use the website.

This website is an extra tool to understand their situation and illustrates what they can do themselves to solve the problem. The website generates simple but specific information about the situation for each employee.

Moreover, the website gives individually based instructions, and the OPs will receive more information by using this website. Due to this extra information OPs can refer quickly to an intervention.

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Specified

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

There are three primary study parameters:
1. Employees understanding of their situation and autonomy
2. Performance of OPs
3. Time to refer by the OP

Secondary outcome measures

The secondary study parameter is time to full return to work

Overall trial start date

01/09/2006

Overall trial end date

31/12/2007

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

All employees of the Dutch railway company (Nederlandse Spoorwegen [NS]) and the Dutch airline company (Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij [KLM]) who are sicklisted for two weeks because of back or neck complaints, who are willing to participate in the study and who do not meet the exclusion criteria mentioned below.

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

128

Participant exclusion criteria

1. Red flags
2. Less than 12 hours of paid work a week
3. Not able to understand the Dutch language
4. Not able to work with internet and email

Recruitment start date

01/09/2006

Recruitment end date

31/12/2007

Locations

Countries of recruitment

Netherlands

Trial participating centre

TNO Quality of Life
Hoofddorp
2130 AS
Netherlands

Sponsor information

Organisation

VU University Medical Center/EMGO-Institute (The Netherlands)

Sponsor details

Van der Boechorststraat 7
Amsterdam
1081 BT
Netherlands
+31 (0)20 4448180
emgo@vumc.nl

Sponsor type

Hospital/treatment centre

Website

Funders

Funder type

Industry

Funder name

Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij (KLM) (Royal Dutch Airlines) (The Netherlands)

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Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) (Dutch Railways) (The Netherlands)

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SAGB (The Netherlands)

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WorkWell (The Netherlands)

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STECR Alladin Program (The Netherlands)

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EMGO Institute internal funding (The Netherlands)

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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

Publication citations

Additional files

Editorial Notes