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Traffic lights intervention reduces therapeutic inertia: a randomized controlled trial in multiple sclerosis care


Saposnik, Gustavo; Mamdani, Muhammad; Montalban, Xavier; Terzaghi, Maria; Silva, Berenice; Saladino, Maria Laura; Tobler, Philippe N; Caceres, Fernando (2019). Traffic lights intervention reduces therapeutic inertia: a randomized controlled trial in multiple sclerosis care. MDM Policy & Practice, 4(1):online.

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Background: Therapeutic inertia (TI) is a common phenomenon among physicians who care for patients with chronic conditions. We evaluated the efficacy of the traffic light system (TLS) educational intervention to reduce TI among neurologists with MS expertise. Methods: In this randomised, controlled trial, 90 neurologists who provide care to MS patients were randomly assigned to the TLS intervention (n = 45) or to the control group (n = 45). The educational intervention employed the TLS, a behavioral strategy that facilitates therapeutic choices by facilitating reflective decisions. The TLS consisted in a short, structured, single session intervention of 5-7 min duration. Participants made therapeutic choices of 10 simulated case-scenarios. The primary outcome was a reduction in TI based on a published TI score (case-scenarios in which a participant showed TI divided by the total number of scenarios where TI was possible ranging from 0 to 8). Results: All participants completed the study and were included in the primary analysis. TI was lower in the TLS group (1.47, 95% CI 1.32-1.61) compared to controls (1.93; 95% CI 1.79-2.08). The TLS group had a lower prevalence of TI compared to controls (0.67, 95% CI 0.62-0.71 vs. 0.82, 95% CI 0.78-0.86; p = 0.001). The multivariate analysis, adjusted for age, specialty, years of practice, and risk preference showed a 70% reduction in TI for the TLS intervention compared to controls (OR 0.30; 95% CI 0.10-0.89). Conclusions: In this randomized trial, the TLS strategy decreases the incidence of TI in MS care irrespective of age, expertise, years for training, and risk preference of participants, which would lead to better patient outcomes.

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Background: Therapeutic inertia (TI) is a common phenomenon among physicians who care for patients with chronic conditions. We evaluated the efficacy of the traffic light system (TLS) educational intervention to reduce TI among neurologists with MS expertise. Methods: In this randomised, controlled trial, 90 neurologists who provide care to MS patients were randomly assigned to the TLS intervention (n = 45) or to the control group (n = 45). The educational intervention employed the TLS, a behavioral strategy that facilitates therapeutic choices by facilitating reflective decisions. The TLS consisted in a short, structured, single session intervention of 5-7 min duration. Participants made therapeutic choices of 10 simulated case-scenarios. The primary outcome was a reduction in TI based on a published TI score (case-scenarios in which a participant showed TI divided by the total number of scenarios where TI was possible ranging from 0 to 8). Results: All participants completed the study and were included in the primary analysis. TI was lower in the TLS group (1.47, 95% CI 1.32-1.61) compared to controls (1.93; 95% CI 1.79-2.08). The TLS group had a lower prevalence of TI compared to controls (0.67, 95% CI 0.62-0.71 vs. 0.82, 95% CI 0.78-0.86; p = 0.001). The multivariate analysis, adjusted for age, specialty, years of practice, and risk preference showed a 70% reduction in TI for the TLS intervention compared to controls (OR 0.30; 95% CI 0.10-0.89). Conclusions: In this randomized trial, the TLS strategy decreases the incidence of TI in MS care irrespective of age, expertise, years for training, and risk preference of participants, which would lead to better patient outcomes.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Uncontrolled Keywords:Decision making, disease-modifying therapy, educational intervention, multiple sclerosis, randomized clinical trial
Language:English
Date:21 June 2019
Deposited On:27 Sep 2019 08:43
Last Modified:03 Sep 2020 08:23
Publisher:Sage Publications
ISSN:2381-4683
OA Status:Gold
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/2381468319855642

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