The Effect of Time-Slot Scheduling on Flu Vaccination Rates

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified September 2010 by University of Pennsylvania.
Recruitment status was  Not yet recruiting
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
Harvard University
Yale University
Stanford University
Information provided by:
University of Pennsylvania
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01206686
First received: September 14, 2010
Last updated: September 20, 2010
Last verified: September 2010
  Purpose

The goal of this project is to see if encouraging an individual to privately choose in advance a narrow time window in which to obtain a flu vaccination shot affects the likelihood that he or she will become vaccinated.


Condition Intervention
Seasonal Influenza
Behavioral: Planning Prompt
Behavioral: Default Appointment
Behavioral: Control

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Subject)
Official Title: Effect of Time-Slot Scheduling on Flu Vaccination Rates

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Further study details as provided by University of Pennsylvania:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Receipt of seasonal influenza vaccination [ Time Frame: up to 30 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 50000
Study Start Date: September 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: April 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date: November 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1 Hour Planning Prompt Behavioral: Planning Prompt
Patients were prompted to write down a planned date (and in some cases time) for receiving a flu shot.
Experimental: 2 Hour Planning Prompt Behavioral: Planning Prompt
Patients were prompted to write down a planned date (and in some cases time) for receiving a flu shot.
Experimental: 1 Day Planning Prompt Behavioral: Planning Prompt
Patients were prompted to write down a planned date (and in some cases time) for receiving a flu shot.
Experimental: Default Planning Prompt Behavioral: Default Appointment
Patients were given a suggested date and time for receiving a flu shot.
Active Comparator: Control Behavioral: Control
Patients were provided with basic information (present in all conditions) about when and where they could receive a flu shot, but they were given no further treatment.

Detailed Description:

Influenza causes 36,000 U.S. deaths per year, but influenza immunization rates average just 28%. Behavioral "nudges" may increase the effectiveness of immunization reminder mailers at little or no added cost. Past psychology research has demonstrated that prompting people to form an implementation plan of the form, "When situation x arises, I will implement response y," increases attainment of desired goals because the desired behavior is linked to a concrete future moment. We study whether adding a planning prompt to a vaccination reminder mailer increases immunization rates.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • seasonal influenza vaccine indications according to the CDC
  • employees of partner corporations executing study

Exclusion Criteria:

  • none
  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01206686

Contacts
Contact: Katherine L Milkman, Ph.D. 215-573-9646 kmilkman@wharton.upenn.edu

Locations
United States, Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania Not yet recruiting
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19104
Contact: Katherine L Milkman, Ph.D.    215-573-9646    kmilkman@wharton.upenn.edu   
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Pennsylvania
Harvard University
Yale University
Stanford University
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Katherine L Milkman, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Professor Katherine L. Milkman, University of Pennsylvania
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01206686     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 810589
Study First Received: September 14, 2010
Last Updated: September 20, 2010
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by University of Pennsylvania:
seasonal influenza
behavioral economics
nudge
implementations intentions
vaccination

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on October 29, 2014