Online Primary Care Physician (PCP) Training in Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral, and Treatment

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
University of Miami
Cleveland Clinic Florida
University of Arizona
Contra Costa County Regional Medical Center
Valley Family Medicine Residency, UC Davis Network
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Medical Directions, Inc
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01326936
First received: March 29, 2011
Last updated: July 23, 2012
Last verified: July 2012
  Purpose

This project seeks to develop a comprehensive, computer-based education program for primary care physicians that will improve their skills in structured substance abuse screening, brief interventions, and referral and treatment (SBIRT). The investigators will develop two online education programs based on virtual patient (VP) technology. One program will include five typical, interactive, problem-solving VPs and the second will include five identical VPs except that two VPs will have been "worked" by substance abuse experts and presented as case studies. The remaining three VPs will be "unworked" (typical VPs). The investigators hypothesize that both education programs will significantly improve educational outcomes, compared to no training, as measured by a validated survey tool. A secondary hypothesis is that physicians using the "worked" (guided learning) program will achieve similar educational results as those using the typical VP approach, but will require less training time.


Condition Intervention
Medical Education
Behavioral: Online education

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Official Title: Fast Track SBIR Study Online PCP Training in Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral, and Treatment

Further study details as provided by Medical Directions, Inc:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Scores on The Physicians' Competence in Substance Abuse Test (P-CSAT) [ Time Frame: Following completion of education program and 2 months later ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    The Physicians' Competence in Substance Abuse Test (P-CSAT) was developed as part of this project. Information, including a complete description of the P-CSAT, has been submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal


Enrollment: 120
Study Start Date: August 2011
Study Completion Date: May 2012
Primary Completion Date: April 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Unworked VP
Online education using typical virtual patient (VP) approach. Five unworked VPs presented to subjects for study.
Behavioral: Online education
A brief (2-hour) interactive online training program in substance abuse (SU) management using virtual patient (VP) technology. Each learner will take one of two similar online programs involving five VPs that represent the range of SU management issues that commonly arise in clinical practice.
Experimental: Guided Learning
Online education replaces two unworked VPs in Arm 1 with identical worked example VPs (case studies) for learners to study
Behavioral: Online education
A brief (2-hour) interactive online training program in substance abuse (SU) management using virtual patient (VP) technology. Each learner will take one of two similar online programs involving five VPs that represent the range of SU management issues that commonly arise in clinical practice.

  Eligibility

Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Physician in primary care training program
  • Faculty member in primary care training program

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Advanced medical training in substance abuse management
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01326936

Locations
United States, Arizona
Medical Directions, Inc.
Tucson, Arizona, United States, 85712
Sponsors and Collaborators
Medical Directions, Inc
University of Miami
Cleveland Clinic Florida
University of Arizona
Contra Costa County Regional Medical Center
Valley Family Medicine Residency, UC Davis Network
Investigators
Principal Investigator: John M Harris, Jr., MD Medical Directions, Inc
  More Information

Publications:
Responsible Party: Medical Directions, Inc
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01326936     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R44DA026218
Study First Received: March 29, 2011
Last Updated: July 23, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Medical Directions, Inc:
Online education
Medical education
Substance abuse training
Drug abuse training

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on April 17, 2014