Condition category
Signs and Symptoms
Date applied
10/07/2002
Date assigned
10/07/2002
Last edited
16/09/2009
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

Dr Jane Dacre

ORCID ID

Contact details

Academic Centre for Medical Education (ACME)
Royal Free & University College Medical School
4th Floor
Holborn Union Building
Archway Campus
Highgate Hill
London
N19 5LW
United Kingdom

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

D0580

Study information

Scientific title

Acronym

PPBP

Study hypothesis

The hypothesis was that teaching students about back pain using patient partners would lead to improvements in clinical skills and examination performance compared to students taught using traditional methods. 4 patient partners were trained how to teach students about back pain. The effect of this teaching was assessed quantitatively by looking at student exam performance in an OSCE station on taking a history of a patient with back pain. Qualitative information using questionnaires and focus groups was also obtained.

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

Hospitals

Trial type

Other

Patient information sheet

Condition

Back pain

Intervention

Four patients were selected from the Whittington Hospital NHS Trust routine rheumatology out-patients clinics. They participated in a training programme, which consisted of 2 full day intensive workshops followed by 4 weekly half-day workshops.

The last workshop incorporated a training Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). The training programme was designed to include:
1. History taking and examination of the back
2. The anatomy of the spine and related structures
3. Red flags in back pain
4. Management of back pain problems in the UK
5. General teaching skills and group facilitation.

Patient partners (PPs) are now teaching the students. They teach for 1.5 h in weeks 2 and 4 of a 5 week block. They teach alternate groups of 15 students each as they rotate through the firms of the year 3 clinical course.

Evaluation questionnaires are being collected from students and PPs.

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Applicable

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

Performance in OSCE exam station.

Secondary outcome measures

Changes in student confidence and skills in taking a history from a patient with back pain.

Overall trial start date

01/11/2001

Overall trial end date

31/08/2003

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

Suitable patients with mechanical back pain were selected for training. Selection criteria included:
1. Clinical features characteristic of the condition
2. A background of healthcare, education, or both disciplines
3. A stable physical and psychological condition
4. An ability and willingness to learn and teach.

Other attributes included were reliability, good communication skills, literacy, and fluency in English and, an understanding of their condition and ability to express themselves.

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

4

Participant exclusion criteria

Does not match inclusion criteria

Recruitment start date

01/11/2001

Recruitment end date

31/08/2003

Locations

Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Academic Centre for Medical Education (ACME)
London
N19 5LW
United Kingdom

Sponsor information

Organisation

Arthritis Research Campaign (ARC) (UK)

Sponsor details

Copeman House
St Mary's Court
St Mary's Gate
Chesterfield
Derbyshire
S41 7TD
United Kingdom
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info@arc.org.uk

Sponsor type

Charity

Website

http://www.arc.org.uk

Funders

Funder type

Charity

Funder name

Arthritis Research Campaign (ARC) (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

Not provided at time of registration

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

2006 results in http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16249239

Publication citations

  1. Results

    Haq I, Fuller J, Dacre J, The use of patient partners with back pain to teach undergraduate medical students., Rheumatology (Oxford), 2006, 45, 4, 430-434, doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/kei167.

Additional files

Editorial Notes