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Respiratory Tract Infections clinical trials at UC Health
2 in progress, 1 open to new patients

  • A study for clinicians, to monitor the practice of prescribing antibiotics in the ER

    “antimicrobial stewardship program”

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    Inappropriate antibiotic use is a major public health concern. Excessive exposure to antibiotics results in emergence and spread of drug-resistant bacteria, potentially avoidable adverse drug reactions, and increased healthcare utilization and cost. As antibiotic prescribing in emergency departments and urgent care centers remains unchecked, national professional organizations including the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology (SHEA), and an Executive Order from the President of the United States, recommend expansion of antimicrobial stewardship to these ambulatory care settings. The goal of antimicrobial stewardship is to effectively promote judicious antibiotic use in all healthcare settings, yet stewardship programs have not achieved their potential in terms of either reach or effectiveness. Reach has been limited by implementation mostly in inpatient settings; at the same time, recent critical experiments in behavioral science suggest that the effectiveness of existing stewardship programs could be greatly augmented through inclusion of behavioral nudges, benchmarked audit and feedback, and peer-to-peer comparisons.

    at UC DavisUCLA

  • Centralized Reminder Recall - Flu RCT2

    Sorry, accepting new patients by invitation only

    This study is related to a previous study, Clinicaltrials.gov ID: NCT02924467. There are some modifications in relation to the intervention arms as well as the use of a different cohort, thereby justifying the second submission to Clinicaltrials.gov. This trial is taking place in New York State, through partnership with the New York State Health Department (excluding New York City), and Colorado. Each state will have it's own Clinicaltrial.gov submission -- this was decided as some of the intervention components are different enough that separate registrations were warranted. Despite U.S. guidelines for influenza vaccination of all children starting at 6 months, only about half of children are vaccinated annually leading to substantial influenza disease in children and spread of disease to adults. A major barrier is that families are not reminded about the need for their children to receive influenza vaccination. The investigators will evaluate the impact of patient reminder/recall (R/R) performed by state immunization information systems to improve influenza vaccination rates by using 4 clinical trials (2 per state) in two different states. The investigators will assess effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of 1) autodialer R/R 2) text messages R/R 3) mailed postcard R/R as compared to 4) standard of care control (no R/R).

    at UCLA