Condition category
Not Applicable
Date applied
07/11/2001
Date assigned
07/11/2001
Last edited
07/03/2008
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

Mr Elmer V Villanueva

ORCID ID

Contact details

Deputy Director
Health Technology Assessment Centre for Clinical Effectiveness
Monash Institute of Health Services Research
246 Clayton Road
Clayton
Victoria
3168
Australia
+61 (0)3 9594 7505
Elmer.Villanueva@med.monash.edu.au

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

N/A

Study information

Scientific title

Acronym

Study hypothesis

The study sought to determine whether adding simple instructions and examples on clinical question formulation would increase the specificity of the question being submitted by the health care professional compared to using a standard form without instructions and examples.

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

Question formulation by health care professionals

Intervention

New participants were invited to reformulate clinical queries. The control group was given no instructions. The intervention group was given a brief explanation of proper formulation, written instructions, and diagrammatic examples.

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Specified

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

The change in the proportion of reformulated questions that described each the dimensions of specificity.

Secondary outcome measures

The differences in the degree by which a particular dimension was specified.

Overall trial start date

01/07/2000

Overall trial end date

30/06/2001

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

Health care professionals affiliated with a tertiary care health care network in Melbourne, Australia

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Not Specified

Gender

Not Specified

Target number of participants

39

Participant exclusion criteria

Previous users of the service

Recruitment start date

01/07/2000

Recruitment end date

30/06/2001

Locations

Countries of recruitment

Australia

Trial participating centre

Deputy Director
Victoria
3168
Australia

Sponsor information

Organisation

Centre for Clinical Effectiveness (Australia)

Sponsor details

Monash Institute of Health Services Research
246 Clayton Road
Clayton
Victoria
3168
Australia

Sponsor type

Research organisation

Website

http://www.med.monash.edu.au

Funders

Funder type

Not defined

Funder name

Self-funded through internal research funds

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

Results in http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11716797

Publication citations

  1. Results

    Villanueva EV, Burrows EA, Fennessy PA, Rajendran M, Anderson JN, Improving question formulation for use in evidence appraisal in a tertiary care setting: a randomised controlled trial [ISRCTN66375463]., BMC Med Inform Decis Mak, 2001, 1, 4.

Additional files

Editorial Notes