The Study Guide Cluster Randomized Control Trial
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03312218|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 17, 2017
Last Update Posted : August 9, 2019
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Behavior||Behavioral: Spaced educational intervention||Not Applicable|
Research Question: Among family medicine residents, does enhanced feedback through an app providing alerts and test questions (spaced education), compared to the same app without alerts and enhanced feedback (no spaced education), improve competence as measured by the certification examination? In building this proposal for a definitive trial, the investigators have support from coast to coast. In addition to key clinician educators, the team includes knowledge users from the organization responsible for the certification examination in Family Medicine, methodologists and experienced researchers who study how mobile apps can promote engagement with clinical information. The team has the right blend of expertise in medical education and cluster randomized trials.
Approach and Methods: The investigators will follow an organizational participatory research approach, and propose a cluster randomized controlled trial. Setting: All incoming family medicine residents in Canada will be eligible to participate. Intervention site residents will receive alerts through an app to adaptively reinforce the learning of clinical content based on cases and test questions (spaced education). Residents in the control group will receive the same app providing identical clinical cases and test questions-on-demand, but with alerts inactivated (no spaced education). The primary outcome will be scores on the certification examination. This routinely collected data will be provided to the team by the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
Expected Results and Conclusion: Spaced education will improve examination scores. This will inform educational practice by providing evidence to optimize the training of residents.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||640 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Masking:||Double (Participant, Investigator)|
|Official Title:||Can an App Improve the Examination Scores of Family Medicine Residents? A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial|
|Actual Study Start Date :||October 18, 2017|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||May 31, 2019|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||July 1, 2019|
Intervention site residents will receive alerts through an app to adaptively reinforce the learning of clinical content based on cases and test questions (spaced education).
Behavioral: Spaced educational intervention
A spaced educational intervention will be provided to participants
No Intervention: Control
Residents in the control group will receive the same app providing identical clinical cases and test questions-on-demand, but with alerts inactivated (no spaced education).
- Scores on the certification examination [ Time Frame: 2 years ]This is the score on the written component of the examination of the College of Family Physicians of Canada
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT03312218
|Montréal, Quebec, Canada|