This trial has been completed.

Conditions shock, septic, community acquired pneumonia
Treatment feedback with peer comparison
Sponsor Denver Health and Hospital Authority
Start date July 2015
End date April 2016
Trial size 24 participants
Trial identifier NCT02427048, 15-0400


This study will develop and test an intervention given to emergency medicine providers to improve adherence to clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) for pneumonia and sepsis.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Intervention model single group assignment
Primary purpose health services research
Masking investigator
(No Intervention)
Delayed feedback and peer comparison
Individualized adherence feedback with peer comparison
feedback with peer comparison
Email detailing adherence to CAP and SS CPG for every month since start of study. Physicians will be provided individualized feedback and given patient identifiers for each patient that received non-adherent care.

Primary Outcomes

Change in Adherence to Community-Acquired Pneumonia and Severe Sepsis Clinical Practice Guidelines
time frame: 30 days post-intervention and 60 days post-intervention

Eligibility Criteria

All participants from 30 years up to 70 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Attending emergency medicine physicians working clinically in the Adult Emergency Department at Denver Health Medical Center at the start of the study. Exclusion Criteria: - None. All eligible physicians will be included.

Additional Information

Official title Adherence to Clinical Practice Guidelines and the Impact of Audit and Feedback in the Emergency Department
Principal investigator Stacy Trent, MD
Description This study will be performed at Denver Health Medical Center, a 477-bed urban, safety-net, acute-care hospital located in Denver, Colorado. The adult ED is staffed by board-certified emergency physicians at all times. These physicians supervise the care of all patients being managed by resident physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and medical students. Approximately 430 patients are admitted to the hospital from the ED each year with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) and severe sepsis (SS). Adherence to CPGs will be measured at the level of the attending emergency physician. All employed, attending emergency physicians working clinically in the adult ED at Denver Health Medical Center at the start of the study will be included. The investigators will use a step-wedge design to randomize physicians into clusters. Randomization of physicians into clusters and randomization of clusters to intervention timing will occur one week prior to delivery of the intervention to cluster one. he intervention will consist of monthly audit and feedback on adherence to CPGs for CAP and SS. Once a cluster enters its first intervention month, all physicians in that cluster will receive an email detailing their adherence to both CAP and SS CPG for every month since the start of the study. Adherence to the entire CPG as well as each component of the CPG will be provided. In addition, physicians will be shown the median prevalence of adherence for all physicians as well as where their adherence ranks among their physician group. Lastly, in a separate secure email, physicians will be given patient identifiers (i.e., name, MRN, date of visit) for each patient that received non-adherent care and will be told which component of care was not adherent to the respective CPG so that they can review the case themselves, if desired.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in February 2017.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Denver Health and Hospital Authority.