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Social and Behavioral Influences


Phase 2
N/A
N/A
Open (Enrolling by invite only)
Both
Communication

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Trial Information

Social and Behavioral Influences


This will be a randomized field experiment. Physicians will receive two unannounced covert
standardized patient (SP) visits during the 12-24 months after enrollment. SPs are trained
actors who will pose as patients to assess physician behavior and communication. Each SP
will present just like a real patient, and will have a standardized fabricated scenario and
identity. The SP visit will be unannounced; the physician will not be informed at the time
of the visit that they are seeing an SP. The visits will be covertly audio-recorded. This is
being conducted at 3 sites: University of Rochester, Rochester, NY; Purdue, IN; and
University of Michigan.


Inclusion Criteria:



- Currently in clinical practice

- Do not plan on moving during the next year

Exclusion Criteria:

- Non-physicians

Type of Study:

Observational

Study Design:

Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective

Outcome Measure:

Physicians' Communication Style

Outcome Description:

To examine the degree to which physicians communication style (ex inclusive, authoritative) and clinical decisions (ex. aggressive,passive) differ according to patient characteristics. Unit of Measure: Audio recordings of office visits, will be transcribed, deidentified, and coded.

Outcome Time Frame:

2 years

Safety Issue:

No

Principal Investigator

Ronald Epstein, MD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

University of Rochester

Authority:

United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:

33086

NCT ID:

NCT01501006

Start Date:

October 2010

Completion Date:

December 2015

Related Keywords:

  • Communication
  • Physicians

Name

Location

University of RochesterRochester, New York  14642