Randomised controlled trial of tailored strategies to implement guidelines for the management of patients with depression in general practice
UNSPECIFIED. (2001) Randomised controlled trial of tailored strategies to implement guidelines for the management of patients with depression in general practice. BRITISH JOURNAL OF GENERAL PRACTICE, 51 (470). pp. 737-741. ISSN 0960-1643Full text not available from this repository.
Background: Various methods are available for implementing change in the clinical behaviour of general practitioners (GPs). Although passive dissemination of in formation is generally ineffective, other methods can be variably effective. Few studies have investigated the impact of tailored methods.
Aim, To determine whether methods tailored to overcome obstacles to change using psychological theories are more effective than dissemination alone in the implementation of guidelines for depression among GPs,
Design of study: Randomised controlled trial. Setting. Sixty general practices in England, 30 GPs in the control-group, 34 in the intervention group.
Method: Practitioners identified patients presenting with depression before and after the implementation of guidelines (control group n = 192 in the first data collection, n = 181 in the second. intervention group n = 210 in the first data collection and n = 197 in the second). The main outcome measures were: record of adherence to guideline recommendations in clinical records; pro portion of patients with Beck Depression inventory (BDI) score less than 11 at 16 weeks after diagnosis.
Results: in comparison with the control group, in the group of GPs receiving tailored implementation, there were increases in the proportions of patients assessed for suicide risk. in the intervention group, the proportion of patients with BDI scores of less than 11 at 16 weeks increased.
Conclusion. Obstacles to implementation can be identified and strategies tailored to address them. The findings indicate a new approach for research to understand and develop methods of implementation.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Journal or Publication Title:||BRITISH JOURNAL OF GENERAL PRACTICE|
|Publisher:||ROYAL COLL GENERAL PRACTITIONERS|
|Official Date:||September 2001|
|Number of Pages:||5|
|Page Range:||pp. 737-741|
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