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An Intervention to Reduce Inappropriate Prescriptions for Elderly Patients in General Practice

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00281450
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 24, 2006
Last Update Posted : April 28, 2010
Information provided by:
University of Oslo

Brief Summary:
This study will explore the possible effect of a tailored educational intervention towards general practitioners, in order to reduce inappropriate prescription patterns for elderly patients > 70 years.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Aged Family Practice Behavioral: Educational intervention Phase 1 Phase 2

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 85836 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: A Cluster Randomized Educational Intervention to Reduce Inappropriate Prescription Patterns for Elderly Patients in General Practice
Study Start Date : January 2006
Actual Primary Completion Date : March 2007
Actual Study Completion Date : March 2007

Intervention Details:
  • Behavioral: Educational intervention
    We developed a set of explicit criteria for pharmacological inappropriateness for Norwegian GPs' prescribing to elderly patients. The main purpose of the criteria was to serve as quality indicators during an educational intervention: the Prescription Peer Academic Detailing (Rx-PAD) Study, aimed at improving GPs' prescribing for elderly patients.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Changes in a set of predefined quality indicators measuring appropriateness of prescriptions for elderly out-patients [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    Prescription data for 1 year were retrospectively retrieved from the Norwegian Prescription Database (NorPD) and assessed in relation to 13 prescription quality indicators.

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • General practitioner
  • Specialist in general practice

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Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Oslo
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Principal Investigator: Sture Rognstad, MD University of Oslo
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Responsible Party: Jorund Straand, professor MD PhD, University of Oslo
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00281450    
Other Study ID Numbers: 850652
First Posted: January 24, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 28, 2010
Last Verified: December 2005