Condition category
Not Applicable
Date applied
28/07/2009
Date assigned
26/10/2009
Last edited
21/07/2016
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 Chris Colbourn

ORCID ID

Contact details

School of Health and Social Care
Teesside University
Borough Road
Middlesbrough
TS1 3BA
United Kingdom
+44 1642 384100 ext. 2953
Chris.Colbourn@tees.ac.uk

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

128/08

Study information

Scientific title

Prospective monocentric blinded randomised controlled trial of a tutor-facilitated screen-based computer simulated virtual radiographic environment compared with tutor-supported groupwork in a radiography skills lab

Acronym

SIMXRAY

Study hypothesis

Training in a screen based computer simulated virtual radiographic environment improves participants distance estimation, collimation accuracy and equipment knowledge as measured in a real x-ray room.

Ethics approval

Teesside University School of Health and Social Care Research Governance and Ethics Committee, 29/07/2008, ref: 128/08

Study design

Prospective single centre single blinded randomised within-subject repeated measures experimental trial

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Hospitals

Trial type

Diagnostic

Patient information sheet

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

Condition

Radiography skills training

Intervention

The intervention group will attend eight hours of screen-based computer simulation workshops (n = 20) facilitated by a tutor. There will be sessions, split into three 45-minute labs, once a week for three weeks (the simuation is a commercially available product, ProjectionVR 3.3, offered by Shaderware Ltd, UK).

The control group will participate in nine hours of small group skills labs in a real radiography room (n = 6) facilitated by a tutor. There will be an initial one hour introduction, followed by two four hour labs; session frequency varies due to individual small group timetables. All three sessions will be completed within four weeks.

During this trial period, both groups will attend all other lectures on the course as normal, but this will not include any further time in the radiography room or in clinical placement.

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Applicable

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

1. Ability to name five parts of real radiography equipment as indicated by the assessor
2. Skill in using equipment in a real radiography room, measured by time taken to complete two standardised tasks
3. Ability to estimate source to image distance and collimate to specific standard sizes, observed by measuring set areas and distances against the target areas and distances

These observations will be repeated before and after the interventions. Participants will be given the opportunity to provide a written comment on both methods of learning at the end of the trial, this will not exceed 200 words.

Secondary outcome measures

No secondary outcome measures

Overall trial start date

22/09/2009

Overall trial end date

11/11/2010

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

Two cohorts (approximately 40 students each) enrolled on a pre-registration diagnostic radiography course will be offered the chance to volunteer. All aged 18 - 50 years, both male and female.

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

40 (assuming a 50% consent rate)

Participant exclusion criteria

1. No previous experience in a radiographic environment
2. Capable of giving informed consent

Recruitment start date

22/09/2009

Recruitment end date

11/11/2010

Locations

Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Teesside University
Borough Road
Middlesbrough
TS1 3BA
United Kingdom

Sponsor information

Organisation

Teesside University (UK)

Sponsor details

School of Health and Social Care
Borough Road
Middlesbrough
Teesside
TS1 3BA
United Kingdom

Sponsor type

University/education

Website

http://www.tees.ac.uk

Funders

Funder type

University/education

Funder name

Teesside University (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

Available on request

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

Publication citations

Additional files

Editorial Notes

18/07/2016: No publications found, verifying study status with principal investigator.