Condition category
Not Applicable
Date applied
12/01/2006
Date assigned
02/03/2006
Last edited
14/07/2008
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 Christoph Nikendei

ORCID ID

Contact details

Medizinische Klinik
Abt. Innere II
Im Neuenheimer Feld 410
Heidelberg
69120
Germany
+49 (0)62 2156 38663
christoph.nikendei@med.uni-heidelberg.de

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

D 100011720; AZ32-402.17(05)/34

Study information

Scientific title

Acronym

PDCT

Study hypothesis

1. Parents’ satisfaction with their children’s treatment by a paediatric doctor is higher if the doctors have participated in a communication training (in comparison to treatment by the doctors who have not yet participated in a communication training)
2. Paediatric doctors who participate in a communication training show higher subjective self-efficacy than the doctors who have not yet participated in a communication training
3. Paediatric doctors who have participated in a communication training score higher in a multi-station exercise (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) (OSCE) than the doctors who have not yet participated in a communication training

Ethics approval

Approved by the Ethical Committee of the Medical Department of Heidelberg (Ethikkommission der Medizinischen Fakultät Heidelberg) on 05/09/2005, reference number: 307/2005

Study design

Randomised controlled trial

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Not specified

Trial type

Other

Patient information sheet

Condition

Communication abilities

Intervention

Paediatric doctors are matched in pairs of two and randomised to an intervention and control group. The intervention group participates in a communication training of four 2-hour sessions. Both groups take part in a multi-station exercise after the training. In addition there is a survey of parents' satisfaction with their children's treatment in the emergency outpatient department three months before and three months after the training.
Doctors' self-efficacy in both groups is assessed by a questionnaire before and after the training. Once the surveys are completed the control group will participate in the communication training.

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Applicable

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

1. Multi-station exercise (OSCE, a practical exam): higher scores for those doctors who participated in the communication training
2. Improved parents’ satisfaction with their children’s treatment if the doctors have participated in the communication training (questionnaire)
3. Self-efficacy: doctors who have participated in the communication training show higher self-efficacy than those who have not yet participated (questionnaire)

Secondary outcome measures

Not provided at time of registration

Overall trial start date

01/11/2005

Overall trial end date

30/06/2006

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

Paediatric doctors: those who work in the emergency outpatient department between 4.30 and 10 pm and who are willing to participate
Parents: those who visit the emergency outpatient department between 4.30 and 10 pm and who are willing to participate

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

Minimum 300 parents, 33 paediatric doctors

Participant exclusion criteria

Paediatric doctors: leading position
Parents: those who do not understand and speak German sufficiently

Recruitment start date

01/11/2005

Recruitment end date

30/06/2006

Locations

Countries of recruitment

Germany

Trial participating centre

Medizinische Klinik
Heidelberg
69120
Germany

Sponsor information

Organisation

Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)

Sponsor details

Königstrasse 46
Stuttgart
70173
Germany

Sponsor type

Government

Website

http://www.mwk.baden-wuerttemberg.de/

Funders

Funder type

Government

Funder name

Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts, Baden Württemberg (Germany), D 100011720; AZ32-402.17(05)/34

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

Publication citations

Additional files

Editorial Notes