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Health Education in Improving the Understanding of Medical Information

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: NCT00387998
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 13, 2006
Last Update Posted : August 30, 2013
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Understanding the risk of disease and prevention and screening activities to lower disease risk may help individuals make informed medical decisions.

PURPOSE: This randomized clinical trial is studying how well health education materials help participants understand medical information.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Unspecified Adult Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific Other: AHRQ staying healthy booklet Other: Risk primer Not Applicable

Detailed Description:


  • Compare medical data interpretation skills in participants of low or high socioeconomic status who receive a general education primer (entitled "Know Your Chances: Understanding Health Statistics") vs a health education booklet (entitled "The Pocket Guide to Good Heath for Adults").

OUTLINE: This is a randomized, controlled study. Participants are stratified according to socioeconomic status (low vs high). Participants are randomized to 1 of 2 intervention arms.

  • Arm I (control): Participants receive a health education booklet entitled "The Pocket Guide to Good Health for Adults," published by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, which contains general information about disease risk and reducing risk by following recommended prevention or screening activities.
  • Arm II (primer): Participants receive a general education primer entitled "Know your chances: Understanding health statistics," which teaches how to understand disease risk and the benefits and risks of intervention.

Within 2 weeks after receiving the education material, participants in both arms complete a survey, including a medical data interpretation test, STAT-interest, STAT-confidence, and user ratings of the education materials.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 555 participants were accrued for this study.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 555 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Investigator)
Official Title: Randomized Trial of a Primer to Help Patients Understand Risk
Study Start Date : October 2004
Actual Primary Completion Date : August 2005
Actual Study Completion Date : August 2005

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Risk primer
Booklet written by investigators "know your chances"
Other: Risk primer
Know your chances booklet
Other Name: Know your chances

Active Comparator: Control booklet
AHRQ staying healthy booklet
Other: AHRQ staying healthy booklet
educational booklet about prevention
Other Name: AHRQ guide to staying healthy

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Ability to interpret medical statistics as measured by a medical data interpretation test [ Time Frame: 2 weeks ]
    medical data interpretation skills

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Interest in interpreting medical statistics, as measured by STAT-interest [ Time Frame: 2 weeks ]
    STAT-interest measure

  2. Confidence in interpreting medical statistics, measured by STAT-confidence [ Time Frame: 2 weeks ]

  3. User ratings of materials [ Time Frame: 2 weeks ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   35 Years to 79 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes


  • Meets 1 of the following criteria:

    • High socioeconomic status

      • Attended Dartmouth Community Medical School in the past
    • Low socioeconomic status

      • Veteran or family member enrolled in a Veteran Affairs clinic


  • English speaking
  • No more than 1 participant per household


  • Not specified

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00387998

Sponsors and Collaborators
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Principal Investigator: Steven Woloshin, MD, MS White River Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Lisa Schwartz, MD, MS White River Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Identifier: NCT00387998    
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00380432
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000510867
R18CA091052 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: October 13, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 30, 2013
Last Verified: January 2008
Keywords provided by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center:
unspecified adult solid tumor, protocol specific