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Multimedia Informed Consent & PROMs in Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy (EPICS)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02810860
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 23, 2016
Last Update Posted : February 20, 2020
EIDO Healthcare
The Royal College of Surgeons of England
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Brief Summary:

Collection of PROMs (Patient Reported Outcome Measures) data from patients before and after an operation to remove their gallbladder for the treatment of symptomatic gallstones. This PROMs data will provide information to clinicians and trusts about the health gain following this type of surgery and the impact on patient's quality of life.

This information will be collected by the implementation of the patient Website This will not only allow patients to complete quality of life (PROMs) questionnaires online, but will also allow them to access information on their condition and necessary surgery, in addition to post-operative follow-up.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Gallstone Disease Procedure: Laparoscopic cholecystectomy Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

Patients referred with gallstone disease necessitating surgery (laparoscopic cholecystectomy) will be invited to engage with our on-line interactive website. This will allow a two-way exchange of information in a secure environment (N3 compliant) to inform the patient about the risks, benefits, alternatives to surgery (cholecystectomy), and post- operative expectations. Furthermore, it will inform clinicians about the patient's symptoms and history, and record a pre-operative Patient Reported Outcome Measure (PROM). The patient's understanding of the facts required for informed consent will be measured and a "Patient Health & Understanding Report" generated for hospital clinicians. This will form part of the electronic patient record, and will be a medico-legal document.

As with current practice patients will still attend their initial outpatient clinic appointment where they will meet a surgeon who will determine the appropriateness of surgery. Informed consent for surgery (cholecystectomy) will be obtained at this initial consultation facilitated by the information obtained from the "Patient Health & Understanding Report". The patient will then continue to interact with the on-line platform before and after their operation to ensure they are well informed and to monitor their post-operative progress.

7 days after surgery the patient will be prompted to interact with the website to answer questions about their progress and recovery. This will replace the existing telephone follow-up interaction. Any problems identified will trigger a protocol driven interaction between the hospital and the patient.

At 1, 3 and 6 months after surgery a post-operative PROMs questionnaire will be answered by the patient allowing comparison of pre- and post-operative PROMs. This study will lead to the largest PROMs assessment of the effectiveness of laparoscopic cholecystectomy, will study the feasibility of our Website as a multimedia application in assisting with the process of informed consent, and will determine whether telephone follow-up can be safely replaced by a protocol driven online system.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 349 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Other
Official Title: A Study to Pilot the Use of a Multimedia Application to Collect the Largest PROMs (Patient Reported Outcome Measures) Dataset in Adult Patients Undergoing Elective Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy for Symptomatic Gallstones and to Aid the Informed Consent Process
Actual Study Start Date : August 18, 2016
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 13, 2018
Actual Study Completion Date : January 1, 2019

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MedlinePlus related topics: Gallstones

Arm Intervention/treatment
Open Label
Administration of a disease-specific and generic PROMs survey to patients undergoing Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
Procedure: Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
Administration of a disease-specific and generic PROMs survey to patients undergoing Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Mean domain PROMs scores for each study participant [ Time Frame: 30-Days,3 Months and 6 Months ]
    We will look at the change in score between: pre--op and 30-Days, Pre-op and 3 Months post-op and pre-op and 6 months post-op. For this analysis we hope to use the paired t---test, however depending on whether the data is normally distributed or not this may require non---parametric analyses with the Wilcoxon rank---sum test. We also aim to look at the overall trend, which will require analysis of variance.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Completion of the Multimedia Informed Consent package on [ Time Frame: 30 days ]
  2. Completion of the 7---Day follow---up questionnaire. [ Time Frame: 7 days ]
  3. Completion of a Patient Satisfaction Survey to receive feedback on the process. [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 85 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

Male or female.

  • Adults:aged 18 to 85 years.
  • Be referred for consideration for an elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy for symptomatic gallstones based on their GPs diagnosis and referral to a general surgeon.
  • Patients initially listed for laparoscopic cholecystectomy but subsequently converted to open cholecystectomy or subsequently have a more complex 'biliary' procedure (including but not exclusive to bile duct exploration, biliary drain insertion, biliary bypass procedure).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients unable to, or those choosing not to engage with the multimedia process --- including patients lacking mental capacity, patients who do not have access to a multimedia device (including but not exclusive to a computer, tablet or multimedia phone), patients who are unable to use a multimedia device unassisted.
  • Patients who are unable to read or communicate n English without the presence of a translator.
  • Patients undergoing another major non---biliary operation during the same operation as their cholecystectomy.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02810860

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United Kingdom
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Sponsors and Collaborators
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
EIDO Healthcare
The Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Principal Investigator: Prita Daliya, MBChB, MRCS, PGDip(Hons) Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
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Responsible Party: Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust Identifier: NCT02810860    
Other Study ID Numbers: 15GS002
First Posted: June 23, 2016    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 20, 2020
Last Verified: December 2016
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Keywords provided by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust:
laparoscopic cholecystectomy
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Biliary Tract Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Gallbladder Diseases
Pathological Conditions, Anatomical