Comparison of Web- Versus Classroom-based Basic Ultrasound and Extended Focused Assessment With Sonography for Trauma (EFAST) Training in Two European Hospitals

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
Klinikum Nuernberg, Germany
Institut fuer Notfallmedizin Kempten e.V., Germany
Information provided by:
Brigham and Women's Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01040767
First received: December 24, 2009
Last updated: December 29, 2009
Last verified: December 2009
  Purpose

Study Objective: Training physicians in new skills via classroom-based teaching has inherent costs and time constraints. We sought to evaluate whether web-based didactics result in similar knowledge improvement and retention of basic ultrasound principles and the EFAST (Extended Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma) compared with the traditional method.

Methods: Physicians from two German emergency departments were randomized into a classroom group with traditional lectures and a web group that watched narrated lectures online. All participants completed a pre- and post-test, and a second post-test eight weeks later. Both groups underwent hands-on training after the first post-test. A control group completed the two initial tests without didactic intervention.


Condition Intervention
Learning
Other: Didactic training in basic ultrasound and the EFAST

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Official Title: Comparison of Web- Versus Classroom-based Basic Ultrasound and EFAST Training in Two European Hospitals

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Further study details as provided by Brigham and Women's Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Mean test scores by didactic group for three consecutive multiple choice tests [ Time Frame: November 2008 - February 2009 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Participant satisfaction with training and reported comfort with ultrasound use after training [ Time Frame: December 2008 - February 2009 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 55
Study Start Date: November 2008
Study Completion Date: February 2009
Primary Completion Date: February 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Class Other: Didactic training in basic ultrasound and the EFAST
Physicians in the classroom group (class) listened to traditional lectures, while the web group (web) watched narrated lectures online. All participants completed a pre- and post-test, and a second post-test eight weeks later. Both groups underwent hands-on training after the first post-test.
Active Comparator: Web Other: Didactic training in basic ultrasound and the EFAST
Physicians in the classroom group (class) listened to traditional lectures, while the web group (web) watched narrated lectures online. All participants completed a pre- and post-test, and a second post-test eight weeks later. Both groups underwent hands-on training after the first post-test.
No Intervention: Control

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Physicians currently practicing in a German emergency department
  • Age ≥ 18 years

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Inability to participate in all aspects of the study prior to study begin
  • Control group: Subjects who did not complete the pre-test
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Locations
Germany
Institut fuer Notfallmedizin e.V.
Kempten, Bavaria, Germany, 87435
Klinikum Nuernberg
Nuernberg, Bavaria, Germany, 90419
Sponsors and Collaborators
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Klinikum Nuernberg, Germany
Institut fuer Notfallmedizin Kempten e.V., Germany
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Elke Platz, MD, RDMS Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, USA
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Elke Platz, MD, RDMS, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, USA
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01040767     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2008-P-002019/1
Study First Received: December 24, 2009
Last Updated: December 29, 2009
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Brigham and Women's Hospital:
Ultrasound education
Blended learning
Distance education
Trauma ultrasound
FAST

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