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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01792544
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 15, 2013
Last Update Posted : April 28, 2016
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Paul Heidenreich, VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Brief Summary:
This study examines the impact of adding a statement to the echocardiography report that advises anyone reading the report regarding if and when a follow-up study is recommended.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Echocardiography Other: Statement Other: No Statement Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 1706 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Study Start Date : July 2011
Actual Primary Completion Date : November 2013
Actual Study Completion Date : July 2015

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Statement
A statement is added to the echocardiography report describing if and when a follow-up echocardiogram is recommended. The statement may be positive (e.g. follow-up recommended in 6 months) or negative (e.g. no follow-up recommended).
Other: Statement
Experimental: No Statement
No statement is added to the echocardiography report
Other: No Statement



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Inappropriate follow-up [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    Performance of a follow-up echocardiogram when it was not indicated or not performing for a follow-up echocardiogram when it was indicated.



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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

All patients undergoing echocardiography where the physician creating the report feels a comment is appropriate regarding when follow-up should or should not occur.

Exclusion Criteria:

None.


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Locations
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United States, California
VA Palo Alto HCS
Palo Alto, California, United States, 94304
Sponsors and Collaborators
VA Palo Alto Health Care System

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Responsible Party: Paul Heidenreich, Staff Physician, VA Palo Alto Health Care System
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01792544    
Other Study ID Numbers: SUIRB-021780
First Posted: February 15, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 28, 2016
Last Verified: April 2016