This trial is evaluating whether Caring + Consequences for Others + Consequences for Self + Social Norms + Behavioral Instructions will improve 1 primary outcome and 1 secondary outcome in patients with Appointment Reminders. Measurement will happen over the course of 1 year.
This trial requires 34516 total participants across 5 different treatment groups
This trial involves 5 different treatments. Caring + Consequences For Others + Consequences For Self + Social Norms + Behavioral Instructions is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will be divided into 4 treatment groups. There is no placebo group. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.
"Patients who received reminders had a non-significant trend to healthier lifestyles, in the form of more exercise and smoking cessation. This is of potential implication to clinical practice." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"The effectiveness and feasibility of appointment reminders is well established. The majority of surveyed patients who received their appointments in the last 30 days stated receiving their first appointment reminder had helped delay their next appointment or made them come in for the appointment sooner. Of all the patients surveyed, 81% (93) reported a noticeable difference in waiting to see their physician as a result of receiving the reminder. The use of email for notification of appointments was also effective at retaining patients in practice." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"The reminder sent to correct nonarrivals in a GP appointment is an example of an electronic reminder. Electronic reminder systems have many potential applications, and may be especially effective when used for nonarrivals. An electronic reminder for a GP appointment may be beneficial by detecting and correcting the problem of missing appointments at an earlier stage in the process than would be the case with a paper reminder. However, further studies are needed to assess more quantitatively the impact of computerised reminders on attendance, as well as the practicality and cost effectiveness of using a computerised reminder to correct nonarrivals in routine practice." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"The efficacy and benefits of appointment reminders with a reminder system that incorporates electronic mail and e-mail reminders can be improved by the addition of scheduling reminders, which in turn may help patients comply with health recommendations." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke says that each year 3.5 million people are affected by Parkinson's disease, with 1.5 million people receiving levodopa/carbidopa every year. By the same token, 683,000 people will have at least one outpatient emergency department visit for a headache or migraine that is not controlled by prescription medication. The following estimate includes everyone in the U.S. and everyone in Canada. It is conceivable that other numbers are a bit higher or lower. For example, we assume that 30% of people with epilepsy have severe, uncontrolled seizures." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"This is probably the first study to systematically compare the patient and physician features of patients who received appointment reminders. We found that patients' primary concerns about their illness, their willingness to be seen by their doctor are likely to be the major factors determining whether patients prefer to receive or not receive reminders. Data from a recent study suggest the need for personalized patient-centered counseling when designing reminders." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"With the development of care interventions and care delivery systems, CCS should be a key aspect of the provision of care for both patients and their carers. As for carers in particular, the value of CCS should be understood in terms of its consequences for individuals, health-care systems and society." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"Although our study results may appear to be negative, they indicate that it is important to look for other potential treatments for caring before deciding on the best treatment for caring." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"In this longitudinal study, both the number and content of appointment reminders had no adverse effects on the clinical care of the study population. In an effort to minimize the risks of reminder fatigue, clinical practice guidelines should emphasize the importance and benefits of reminder systems." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"Considered in conjunction with a person's characteristics (ie, age and characteristics/behavioral context in which social norms unfold), consequences for peers and others are not universally advantageous, and effects on self are less predictable. Interventions that target these individual traits may be more successful, but interventions based on social norms, as found in this study, may still offer benefit." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"Results from a recent clinical trial reveals a wide variety of responses of social norms for common and potential consequences for others, possible consequences for self, and behavioral instructions when responding to a hypothetical patient. This research should help physicians, patients, and caregivers better understand people’s decisions and response choices over time and across contexts, so that physicians and providers can inform patients of their preferences over time and space and thus modify treatment plans as needed." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"In [Appointment reminders], physicians are encouraged to use new treatments. To better treat patients, physicians will take advantage of new treatments. Also, the appointment reminder system should be adjusted to better take care of patients' interests in receiving treatment." - Anonymous Online Contributor