This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions computers, handheld, outcomes assessment, patient
Treatment handheld personal digital assistant (pda)
Sponsor University of Toronto
Collaborator Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
Start date May 2006
End date June 2007
Trial size 400 participants
Trial identifier NCT00314730, 16402


This study evaluates the usability of personal digital assistants (PDAs) by nurses for collecting, utilizing and communicating patient health information, and the feasibility of using PDAs to increase nurses' access to and utilization of best-practice guidelines.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation non-randomized
Intervention model factorial assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose health services research

Primary Outcomes

nursing communication and coordination
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patient functional status
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patient symptoms (pain, nausea, dyspnea, fatigue)
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patient therapeutic self care
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Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Nurses are eligible to participate if they work on a participating unit, 20 or more hours/week - Patients are eligible if they are being cared for on a participating unit, are able to provide informed consent in English, and are able to answer questions about their daily activities and symptoms (pain, nausea, dyspnea, fatigue.) Exclusion Criteria: - none

Additional Information

Official title Outcomes in the Palm of Your Hand: Improving the Quality and Continuity of Patient Care
Principal investigator Diane Doran, PhD, RN
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in April 2007.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by University of Toronto.