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Trial registered on ANZCTR


Registration number
ACTRN12610000135011
Ethics application status
Not yet submitted
Date submitted
8/02/2010
Date registered
10/02/2010
Date last updated
10/02/2010
Type of registration
Prospectively registered

Titles & IDs
Public title
Evaluation of a falls education program in Victoria – comparing traditional face-to-face facilitation with e-mail based facilitation
Scientific title
Comparing online versus face-to-face facilitation of an education program for physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and nurses, addressing exercise prescription for falls prevention, on course satisfaction, knowledge and perceived change in clinical performance.
Secondary ID [1] 1388 0
None
Universal Trial Number (UTN)
U1111-1113-5929
Trial acronym
Linked study record

Health condition
Health condition(s) or problem(s) studied:
Falls Risk 256776 0
Condition category
Condition code
Physical Medicine / Rehabilitation 256923 256923 0 0
Other physical medicine / rehabilitation

Intervention/exposure
Study type
Interventional
Description of intervention(s) / exposure
Online Education Program in Exercise Prescription for Falls Prevention.

The online education program will be delivered via the 'Moodle' online learning system, with 4 x 2 hour sessions, followed by a multiple choice question examination, and a course evaluation survey.

This mode of delivery will involve no face-to-face contact between faciliator and participant.
Intervention code [1] 255983 0
Rehabilitation
Intervention code [2] 255993 0
Other interventions
Comparator / control treatment
Face-to-face Education Program in Exercise Prescription for Falls Prevention.

This program will be delivered as a single 8 hr 'workshop' to participants, followed by a multiple choice examination 2 weeks after completion of the course and a course evaluation survey.

All facilitation will be completed face-to-face.
Control group
Active

Outcomes
Primary outcome [1] 257799 0
Clinical Performance will be assessed via an anonymous online survey investigating what aspects of their clinical interaction with clientele has changed as a result of the program.
Timepoint [1] 257799 0
2 weeks post-education program
Secondary outcome [1] 263210 0
Learning experience/satisfaction will be assessed via an anonymous online survey that will focus on aspects of the short-course including preceptions of support, course content and suggestions for improvement.
Timepoint [1] 263210 0
2 weeks post-education program
Secondary outcome [2] 263211 0
Cost-effectiveness will be assessed via an anonymous online survey investigating willingness to pay for the educational product. Contributing to cost-effectinesss data will be a comparisons on cost of course construction and delivery between theonline and face-to-face facilitated programs.
Timepoint [2] 263211 0
2 weeks post-education program.

Eligibility
Key inclusion criteria
Current Practising Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Nurse.
Contact with patients at risk of falls
Access to Internet
Minimum age
No limit
Maximum age
No limit
Gender
Both males and females
Can healthy volunteers participate?
Yes
Key exclusion criteria
Profession other than nurse, physiotherapist or occupational therapist.
No access to internet.
No interaction with falls risk clientele.

Study design
Purpose of the study
Educational / counselling / training
Allocation to intervention
Randomised controlled trial
Procedure for enrolling a subject and allocating the treatment (allocation concealment procedures)
Participants will begin by completing a registration form which includes key data for stratifying randomised allocation. Stratification group one will be those who have less than two years of experience in this area and group two will be those who have two years or more of experience.

An investigator independent of the investigators collecting registration to participate will create a random number list and allocate on the basis of order of recruitment. This investigator will not be aware of participant demographics other than stratification category when making this allocation.

Investigators involved in recruitment and receipt of participant registrations will not be aware of the content of the random allocation sequence.
Methods used to generate the sequence in which subjects will be randomised (sequence generation)
Simple randomisation by using a randomised table created by computer software.
Masking / blinding
Open (masking not used)
Who is / are masked / blinded?



Intervention assignment
Parallel
Other design features
Phase
Not Applicable
Type of endpoint(s)
Efficacy
Statistical methods / analysis

Recruitment
Recruitment status
Not yet recruiting
Date of first participant enrolment
Anticipated
Actual
Date of last participant enrolment
Anticipated
Actual
Date of last data collection
Anticipated
Actual
Sample size
Target
Accrual to date
Final
Recruitment in Australia
Recruitment state(s)

Funding & Sponsors
Funding source category [1] 256485 0
Government body
Name [1] 256485 0
Department of Human Services
Address [1] 256485 0
Department of Human Services
50 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Victoria
Australia 3000
Country [1] 256485 0
Australia
Funding source category [2] 256486 0
Government body
Name [2] 256486 0
Department of Human Services
Address [2] 256486 0
Department of Human Services
50 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Victoria
Australia 3000
Country [2] 256486 0
Australia
Primary sponsor type
Individual
Name
Terrence Haines
Address
Allied Health Clinical Research Unit
Kingston Centre
Warrigal Road
Cheltenham VIC 3188
Country
Australia
Secondary sponsor category [1] 255792 0
Individual
Name [1] 255792 0
Liz Molloy
Address [1] 255792 0
Centre for Medical and Health Science Eduation
Notting Hill Campus
Monash University
3168
Country [1] 255792 0
Australia
Secondary sponsor category [2] 255793 0
Individual
Name [2] 255793 0
Prue Morgan
Address [2] 255793 0
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Monash University
PO Box 527
FRANKSTON VIC 3199
Country [2] 255793 0
Australia
Secondary sponsor category [3] 255794 0
Individual
Name [3] 255794 0
Jenny Keating
Address [3] 255794 0
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Monash University
PO Box 527
FRANKSTON VIC 3199
Country [3] 255794 0
Australia
Secondary sponsor category [4] 255795 0
Individual
Name [4] 255795 0
Jane Sims
Address [4] 255795 0
Healthy Ageing Research Unit
Notting Hill Campus
Monash University
Notting Hill, Victoria
3168
Country [4] 255795 0
Australia
Secondary sponsor category [5] 255796 0
Individual
Name [5] 255796 0
Brian Jolly
Address [5] 255796 0
Centre for Medical and Health Science Eduation
Notting Hill Campus
Monash University
Notting Hill, Victoria.
3168
Country [5] 255796 0
Australia
Secondary sponsor category [6] 255797 0
Individual
Name [6] 255797 0
Stephen Maloney
Address [6] 255797 0
Physiotherapy
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Monash University
PO Box 527
FRANKSTON VIC 3199
Country [6] 255797 0
Australia
Secondary sponsor category [7] 255798 0
Individual
Name [7] 255798 0
Stephen Maloney
Address [7] 255798 0
Physiotherapy
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Monash University
PO Box 527
FRANKSTON VIC 3199
Country [7] 255798 0
Australia

Ethics approval
Ethics application status
Not yet submitted
Ethics committee name [1] 258535 0
Ethics committee address [1] 258535 0
Ethics committee country [1] 258535 0
Australia
Date submitted for ethics approval [1] 258535 0
05/02/2010
Approval date [1] 258535 0
Ethics approval number [1] 258535 0

Summary
Brief summary
In this study we are seeking to evaluate the implementation of an education program addressing exercise prescription for falls prevention designed for health professionals in regional Victoria. In particular, a face-to-face mode of facilitation will be compared with online based facilitation.
Trial website
Trial related presentations / publications
Public notes

Contacts
Principal investigator
Name 30814 0
Address 30814 0
Country 30814 0
Phone 30814 0
Fax 30814 0
Email 30814 0
Contact person for public queries
Name 14061 0
Assoc. Prof Terrence Haines
Address 14061 0
Allied Health Research Unit
Kingston Centre
Warrigal Road
Cheltenham, Victoria. 3188
Country 14061 0
Australia
Phone 14061 0
+61 3 92651774
Fax 14061 0
Email 14061 0
terrence.haines@med.monash.edu.au
Contact person for scientific queries
Name 4989 0
Assoc. Prof Terrence Haines
Address 4989 0
Allied Health Research Unit
Kingston Centre
Warrigal Road
Cheltenham, Victoria. 3188
Country 4989 0
Australia
Phone 4989 0
+61 3 92651774
Fax 4989 0
Email 4989 0
terrence.haines@med.monash.edu.au

No information has been provided regarding IPD availability
Summary results
No Results