Condition category
Not Applicable
Date applied
08/08/2012
Date assigned
09/08/2012
Last edited
04/04/2016
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Completed
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
There are many educational programmes aimed at improving the clinical practice of health care professionals. A number of these programmes are delivered using an online platform (eLearning). Determining how beneficial they are is difficult as measuring how well someone is learning is often based on opinion. In this study, a group of junior doctors will undertake an online learning package focusing on dealing with young children with fever. They will all have various aspects of their practice assessed by questionnaire, knowledge testing and direct observation of their consultations. These methods will be analysed to decide which is most suitable for deciding whether the learning package is useful. The aim of this study is to create a system to test the effectiveness of e-learning
packages for health care professionals.

Who can participate?
Junior doctors in their first or second year.

What does the study involve?
Participants are asked to complete an online questionnaire and a knowledge test based on video clips of potentially unwell children in the next week. They are then be given access to an e-learning package which will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. This can be undertaken at work or at home. On completion they will be asked to repeat the questionnaire and knowledge test.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
Participants benefit from receiving individual feedback about their results and given the opportunity to discuss their experiences. There are no risks involves with taking part in this study.

Where is the study run from?
University of Leicester (UK)

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
August 2012 to February 2013

Who is funding the study?
National Institute for Health Research (UK)

Who is the main contact?
Dr Damian Roland

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Dr Damian Roland

ORCID ID

http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9334-5144

Contact details

University of Leicester
Department of Cardiovascular Sciences
Leicester Royal Infirmary
Infirmary Square
Leicester
LE1 5WW
United Kingdom

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

11696

Study information

Scientific title

REfining evaluation Methodologies for InTerventions that change practice (REMIT): A model to assess the effectiveness of an e-learning tool in improving the management of febrile children by junior doctors

Acronym

REMIT

Study hypothesis

There are many educational programmes aimed at improving the clinical practice of health care professionals. A number of these programmes are delivered via information technology systems and described as ‘e-Learning’. Determing how beneficial they are is difficult as educational outcomes are not always objective or easily measurable.

This study will create a system to test the effeciveness of e-learning packages for health care professionals. A group of junior doctors will undertake an online learning package on dealing with young children with fever. They will all have various aspects of their practice assessed by questionnaire, knowledge testing and direct observation of their consultations.

These methods will be analysed to decide which is most suitable for deciding whether the learning package is useful.

More details can be found at http://public.ukcrn.org.uk/Search/StudyDetail.aspx?StudyID=11696

Ethics approval

NRES Committee East Midlands 1, 02 June 2011 ref: 11/EM/0186

Study design

Non-randomised interventional trial

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Non randomised study

Trial setting

Hospitals

Trial type

Quality of life

Patient information sheet

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

Condition

Injuries and Emergencies, Paediatrics, Critical Care

Intervention

There are many educational programmes aimed at improving the clinical practice of health care professionals. A number of these programmes are delivered via information technology systems and described as ‘e-Learning’. Determining how beneficial they are is difficult as educational outcomes are not always objective or easily measurable. This study will create a system to test the effectiveness of e-learning packages for health care professionals. A group of junior doctors will undertake an online learning package on dealing with young children with fever. They will all have various aspects of their practice assessed by questionnaire, knowledge testing and direct observation of their consultations. These methods will be analysed to decide which is most suitable for deciding whether the learning package is useful.

The e-learning package involves viewing a selection of short video clips which describe the components of the NICE Feverish illness in Children Traffic Light Table. They undertake this exercise (lasts no more than hour) following the pre-questionnaire and test within 2 weeks of starting their new attachment in the Emergency Department. Following completion of the e-learning package they undertake a post-intervention questionnaire and assessment. The e-learning package and questionnaire can be completed at home or at work.

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Applicable

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

Participant satisfaction is measured using a validated online questionnaire at baseline and following completion of the e-learning package

Secondary outcome measures

1. Participant behaviour measured using a guideline adherence matrix at baseline and following completion of the e-learning package
2. Participant knowledge measured using an online test at baseline and following completion of the e-learning package

Overall trial start date

01/08/2012

Overall trial end date

01/02/2013

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

For Focus Group:
Junior Doctor ST2 or below

For observation pilot testing and main study:
Although the children are not being studied directly themselves the observation of a doctors performance will be on children less than 5 years old who present with a fever or parent reported history of a fever.; Male and female participants
Aged 18 - 60 years

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

UK Sample Size: 100

Participant exclusion criteria

Junior doctor in possession of any part of the MRCPCH

Recruitment start date

02/08/2012

Recruitment end date

03/03/2013

Locations

Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

University of Leicester
Leicester
LE1 5WW
United Kingdom

Sponsor information

Organisation

University of Leicester

Sponsor details

Department of Cardiovascular Sciences
Leicester Royal Infirmary
Infirmary Square
Leicester
LE1 5WW
United Kingdom

Sponsor type

University/education

Website

http://www.le.ac.uk/

Funders

Funder type

Government

Funder name

NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship (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

2015 results in http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26537496

Publication citations

Additional files

Editorial Notes

04/04/2016: The methods of measurement and timepoints of measurement have been added to the primary and secondary outcome measures. 23/03/2016: The recruitment dates have been updated from 01/08/2012 - 01/02/2013 to 02/08/2012 - 03/03/2013. Publication reference added. 04/03/2016: No publications found, verifying study status with principal investigator.