Accuracy of Simulated Research Tasks by Community Hospitals Participating in a Multicenter Telemedicine Trial

Jennifer L. Fang, Hilary Whyte, Rachel Umoren, Jamie Limjoco, Abhishek Makkar, Rosanna Yankanah, Mike Mccoy, Mark D. Lo, Jeph Herrin, Bart M. Demaerschalk

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Background/Aims: Clinical trials evaluating facility-to-facility telemedicine may include sites that have limited research experience. For the trial to be successful, these sites must correctly perform research-related tasks. This study aimed to determine whether health care professionals at community hospitals could accurately identify simulated study eligible patients and submit data to a research coordinating center. Methods: Twenty-seven community hospitals in the United States and Canada participated in this study. An electronic survey was sent to one designated health care professional at each site. The survey included a description of trial eligibility criteria and five written neonatal resuscitation scenarios. For each scenario, the participant determined whether the neonate was study eligible. One scenario required participants to submit 14 data elements to the coordinating center. Accuracy of study eligibility and data submission was summarized using standard descriptive statistics. Results: The survey response rate was 100% (27/27). Overall accuracy in determining study eligibility was 89% (120/135), and accuracy varied across the five scenarios (range 82-93%). Overall accuracy of data submission was 92% (310/336). Data were >95% accurate for 9 of the 14 data elements, with 100% accuracy achieved for 6 data elements. These results were used to clarify eligibility criteria, inform database design, and improve training materials for the subsequent clinical trial. Conclusions: Health care professionals at community hospitals accurately determined trial eligibility and submitted study data based on written clinical scenarios. Research teams conducting telemedicine trials with community hospitals should consider completing pre-trial simulation activities to identify opportunities for improving trial processes and materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1489-1495
Number of pages7
JournalTelemedicine and e-Health
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2022


  • clinical trials
  • eligibility determination
  • neonatology
  • research activities
  • research design
  • telemedicine
  • teleneonatology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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