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Measuring Quality of Medical Student Performance at Contextualizing Care

This study has been completed.
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University of Illinois at Chicago Identifier:
First received: March 12, 2010
Last updated: April 11, 2011
Last verified: March 2011
Results First Received: March 14, 2011  
Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized;   Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment;   Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Conditions: Education, Medical, Undergraduate
Medical History Taking
Intervention: Behavioral: Contextualization workshop

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Recruitment Details
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All fourth-year medical students at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine who were enrolled in internal medicine subinternships at one of 2 sites (UIC or Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Medical Center) July 2008 - April 2009 or August 2009 - April 2010 were eligible.

Pre-Assignment Details
Significant events and approaches for the overall study following participant enrollment, but prior to group assignment
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Reporting Groups
Contextualization Workshop A four-hour course on contextualization.
Control No intervention

Participant Flow:   Overall Study
    Contextualization Workshop     Control  
STARTED     94     95  
COMPLETED     65     59  
NOT COMPLETED     29     36  
Withdrawal by Subject                 11                 6  
Lost to Follow-up                 18                 30  

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Population Description
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Reporting Groups
Contextualization Workshop A four-hour course on contextualization.
Control No intervention
Total Total of all reporting groups

Baseline Measures
    Contextualization Workshop     Control     Total  
Number of Participants  
[units: participants]
  94     95     189  
[units: years]
Mean ± Standard Deviation
  28.8  ± 3.6     28.8  ± 3.6     28.8  ± 3.6  
[units: participants]
Female     49     41     90  
Male     45     54     99  
Race/Ethnicity, Customized [1]
[units: participants]
White     30     34     64  
Non-White     64     61     125  
[1] Number of participants identifying as "White" race.

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1.  Primary:   Developing an Appropriate Treatment Plan (for Contextual Variant of Encounters)   [ Time Frame: 1 month ]

2.  Primary:   Probing for Contextual Issues   [ Time Frame: 1 month ]

3.  Primary:   Probing for Biomedical Issues   [ Time Frame: 1 month ]

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Limitations of the study, such as early termination leading to small numbers of participants analyzed and technical problems with measurement leading to unreliable or uninterpretable data
Small number of cases and variants. Alternating assignment of site to intervention/control. Substantial drop-out (sensitivity analysis finds results robust to conservative imputation for drop-outs).

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Certain Agreements:  
Principal Investigators are NOT employed by the organization sponsoring the study.
There is NOT an agreement between Principal Investigators and the Sponsor (or its agents) that restricts the PI's rights to discuss or publish trial results after the trial is completed.

Results Point of Contact:  
Name/Title: Dr. Alan Schwartz
Organization: University of Illinois at Chicago
phone: 312-996-2070

Publications of Results:

Responsible Party: Alan Schwartz, University of Illinois at Chicago Identifier: NCT01088438     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NBME0708-12
Study First Received: March 12, 2010
Results First Received: March 14, 2011
Last Updated: April 11, 2011
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board