Computer-Based Continuing Education for Doctors in Examination and Counseling of Patients on Skin Cancer or Weight Control
Conditions
Melanoma (Skin) - Non-melanomatous Skin Cancer
Conditions: official terms
Skin Neoplasms
Conditions: Keywords
melanoma, skin cancer
Study Type
Interventional
Study Phase
N/A
Study Design
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention
Name: educational intervention Type: Other
Name: internet-based intervention Type: Other
Overall Status
Recruiting
Summary
RATIONALE: Computer-based continuing education courses may be effective in improving the skills of primary care doctors to identify skin cancer risk factors, perform skin cancer exams, and counsel patients. They may also improve the skills of primary care doctors to assess and counsel patients on their weight, diet, and physical activity.

PURPOSE: This randomized clinical trial is studying how well computer-based continuing education courses work in improving doctors' ability to perform skin cancer or weight control exams and counseling during routine office visits.
Detailed Description
OBJECTIVES:

Primary

- Compare the efficacy of a continuing education course designed to improve primary care physician performance in examination and counseling of patients about skin cancer vs a continuing education course designed to improve physician assessment of weight management.

- Evaluate physician performance of skin examination during routine patient visits at 12 months after completion of the skin cancer continuing education course.

- Evaluate physician counseling around skin cancer issues.

Secondary

- Evaluate the efficacy of the skin cancer continuing education course in improving physician skin cancer triage skills and in changing physician attitudes and knowledge regarding skin cancer issues.

- Assess improvements in physician assessment of weight, diet, and physical activity.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized, multicenter study. Physicians are stratified according to participating center. Physicians are randomized to 1 of 2 intervention arms.

- Arm I (skin cancer continuing education course): Physicians complete a 1-hour continuing education course on skin cancer. The course is available to the physician as a reference for up to 12 months. Physicians complete an online test at baseline, immediately after the course is completed, and at 1 month and 12 months after course completion to assess their knowledge, attitudes, skill, and practices towards skin examination and skin cancer counseling.

Patients are interviewed by telephone within 1 week after a routine office visit with their physician to assess the physician's skin assessment and skin cancer counseling practices. The interviews are conducted prior to and at 1 month and 12 months after the physician completes the continuing education course.

- Arm II (weight control continuing education course): Physicians complete a 1-hour continuing education course on weight, dietary, and physical activity assessment and counseling. The course is available to the physician as a reference for up to 12 months. Physicians complete an online test at baseline, immediately after the course is completed, and at 1 month and 12 months after course completion to assess their knowledge, attitudes, skill, and practices towards weight, dietary, and physical activity assessment and counseling.

Patients are interviewed by telephone within 1 week after a routine office visit with their physician to assess the physician's weight, dietary, and physical activity assessment and counseling practices. The interviews are conducted prior to and at 1 month and 12 months after the physician completes the continuing education course.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 50 physicians and 4,500 patients will be accrued for this study.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: Accepts Healthy Volunteers
Maximum Age: N/A
Minimum Age: 18 Years
Gender: Both
Criteria: DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS:

- Primary care physician, meeting all of the following criteria:

- General internist or family physician

- Must devote at least 75% of their time to primary care practice

- At least 1 year in practice

- Must be in a community-based practice with no more than 1 participating physician per practice

- Must not be planning to retire within the next 2 years

- Has a patient population that is predominantly at substantial risk of melanoma and other skin cancers (i.e., adults whose non-sun-exposed skin color is white or tan, but not brown)

- Patient

- Adult who is scheduled for a routine office visit with a study physician

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS:

- Not specified

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY:

- Not specified
Locations
Scripps-Ranch Family Medicine Clinic at University of California
San Diego, California, United States
Status: Recruiting
Contact: Martin L. Kabongo, MD, PhD - 858-657-7786
University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita
Wichita, Kansas, United States
Status: Recruiting
Contact: Ken J. Kallail, PhD - 316-293-2650
Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute at Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
Columbus, Ohio, United States
Status: Recruiting
Contact: Ohio State University Cancer Clinical Trial Matching Service - 866-627-7616 - Jamesline@osumc.edu
Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University - Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Status: Recruiting
Contact: Clinical Trials Office - Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jeffer - 215-955-6084
Rhode Island Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center
Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Status: Recruiting
Contact: Clinical Trials Office - Rhode Island Hospital Comprehensive C - 401-444-1488
Start Date
June 2004
Sponsors
Rhode Island Hospital
Source
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Record processing date
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on July 28, 2015
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