Condition category
Not Applicable
Date applied
18/05/2009
Date assigned
15/07/2009
Last edited
05/04/2012
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 David Torgerson

ORCID ID

Contact details

York Trials Unit
ARRC Building
Alcuin College
University of York
Heslington
York
YO10 5DD
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1904 321340
djt6@york.ac.uk

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

N/A

Study information

Scientific title

Randomised single centre trial of a computer software package to improve numeracy skills among student nurses (Coventry Site)

Acronym

Study hypothesis

The principle research question is whether the use of a supplementary computer based medication dosage calculation training programme increases numeracy skills among first year student nurses.

Ethics approval

Coventry University Ethics Committee approved on the 6th October 2008

Study design

Randomised controlled, single centre trial

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Other

Trial type

Diagnostic

Patient information sheet

Not available in web format, please use the contact details below to request a patient information sheet

Condition

Numeracy skills of student nurses

Intervention

The intervention is a computer software package known as Authentic World which can be accessed online, participants in the intervention group will be sent details on how to access the computer software and will have access to the programme for 8 months. They will also be sent reminder emails encouraging them to use 'Authentic World'. Formative tests will also be set within the programme which the students will be encouraged to take as practice for the maths test that is a usual part of their course. Participants in the control group will have access to all the usual departmental support for maths but will not be given access to the computer software.

Duration of intervention 8 months: November 2008 - May 2009

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Applicable

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

Students scores on a maths test usually sat by first year students at Coventry University. To be taken at the end of the 8 month intervention period.

Secondary outcome measures

Students scores on a second maths test with at least 6 questions specifically aimed at medication dosage calculation. To be taken in the 7 month of the intervention period.

Overall trial start date

21/10/2008

Overall trial end date

22/05/2009

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

First year student nurses at the University of Coventry

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

200

Participant exclusion criteria

1. Refusal to give consent
2. Not a first year student nurse or midwifery student at Coventry University

Recruitment start date

21/10/2008

Recruitment end date

22/05/2009

Locations

Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

York Trials Unit
York
YO10 5DD
United Kingdom

Sponsor information

Organisation

University of York (UK)

Sponsor details

c/o Professor David Torgerson
York Trials Unit
ARRC Building
Alcuin College
Heslington
York
YO10 5DD
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1904 321340
djt6@york.ac.uk

Sponsor type

University/education

Website

http://www.york.ac.uk

Funders

Funder type

University/education

Funder name

University of York (UK) - York Trials Unit

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. Hannah Ainsworth, Mollie Gilchrist, Celia Grant, Catherine Hewitt, Sue Ford, Moira Petrie, Carole J. Torgerson & David J. Torgerson (2011): Computer-based instruction for improving student nurses’ general numeracy: is it effective? Two randomised trials, Educational Studies, DOI:10.1080/03055698.2011.598668

Publication citations

Additional files

Editorial Notes