Condition category
Respiratory
Date applied
04/04/2005
Date assigned
21/04/2005
Last edited
10/11/2008
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 Heiner C Bucher

ORCID ID

Contact details

Basel Institute for Clinical Epidemiology
University Hospital Basel
Hebelstr. 10
Basel
4031
Switzerland

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

NCT00105248

Protocol/serial number

N/A

Study information

Scientific title

Patient centred communication training to reduce antibiotic use in acute respiratory tract infections

Acronym

ARTIMES

Study hypothesis

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of a short training program for general practitioners in patient-centered communication to reduce antibiotic prescription for acute respiratory tract infections (ARTI).

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

GP practices

Trial type

Quality of life

Patient information sheet

Condition

Acute respiratory tract infection

Intervention

Patient centred communication training and evidence-based guidelines versus evidence-based guidelines.

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Specified

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

Up-take of antibiotic prescription confirmed by pharmacists within 2 weeks following the initial consultation

Secondary outcome measures

1. Patient satisfaction with consultation (on validated scale)
2. Patient enablement (on validated scale)
3. Days with restriction from ARTI within 14 days initial consultation
4. Side effects from medication
5. Re-consultation rates
6. Days off from work

Overall trial start date

01/01/2004

Overall trial end date

30/11/2004

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

General practitioners were randomised and recruited adult patients with acute respiratory tract infections

Inclusion criteria:
1. 18 years or older
2. Symptoms of an acute repiratory tract infection for greater than 1 and less than 28 days

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

900

Participant exclusion criteria

1. Patients without informed consent
2. Not fluent in German
3. Patients with a psychiatric disorder
4. Patients with a recurrent respiratory system infection with antibiotic treatment in the previous 4 weeks

Recruitment start date

01/01/2004

Recruitment end date

30/11/2004

Locations

Countries of recruitment

Switzerland

Trial participating centre

Basel Institute for Clinical Epidemiology
Basel
4031
Switzerland

Sponsor information

Organisation

University Hospital Basel (Switzerland)

Sponsor details

Hebelstr. 32
Basel
4031
Switzerland

Sponsor type

Hospital/treatment centre

Website

Funders

Funder type

Government

Funder name

Swiss National Science Foundation (Switzerland) (ref: 3200B0-102137)

Alternative name(s)

Swiss National Science Foundation, Fonds National Suisse de la Recherche Scientifique, Fondo Nazionale Svizzero per la Ricerca Scientifica, Fonds National Suisse, Fondo Nazionale Svizzero, Schweizerischer Nationalfonds, SNF

Funding Body Type

private sector organisation

Funding Body Subtype

foundation

Location

Switzerland

Funder name

Novartis Foundation (Switzerland) (ref: 04B29)

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. 2006 results (communication training) on http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16708309
2. 2006 results (prevalence and influence of diagnostic tests) on http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16708310

Publication citations

  1. Briel M, Langewitz W, Tschudi P, Young J, Hugenschmidt C, Bucher HC, Communication training and antibiotic use in acute respiratory tract infections. A cluster randomised controlled trial in general practice., Swiss Med Wkly, 2006, 136, 15-16, 241-247, doi: 2006/15/smw-11342.

  2. Briel M, Young J, Tschudi P, Hersberger KE, Hugenschmidt C, Langewitz W, Bucher HC, Prevalence and influence of diagnostic tests for acute respiratory tract infections in primary care., Swiss Med Wkly, 2006, 136, 15-16, 248-253, doi: 2006/15/smw-11343.

Additional files

Editorial Notes