Abstract 3701: A Novel Web based modified Rankin Scale program for certification and patient self assessment scoring in the Antihypertensive Treatment in Acute Cerebral Hemorrhage (ATACH II) Trial
Background: The modified Rankin Scale (mRS) is a commonly used disability scale in clinical trials pertaining to acute stroke. Previous studies suggest that requiring the use of certification programs can improve the accuracy of mRS grading. We developed two mRS video tools for use in the multinational ATACH II trial. These tools train medical professionals on assessing mRS and enable patients, or their caregivers, to ascertain their own mRS score.
Methods: After conducting a thorough literature review and interviewing numerous accomplished neurologists, we focused the development of our mRS resources around two concepts: key differentiating points and standard interview questions. The certification program consists of two elements: an educational video and an assessment. The educational video describes the mRS scale in four formats: Power Point slides with narrator explanation, simulated clinical interviews, videos of patients outside of the clinical setting, and narrator overview of specific levels. After watching this video, users proceed to the assessment where they are asked to assess the mRS score of six patients based on visual assessment and specific answers to the six foundation interview questions. Users are required to assess all six scenarios correctly in order to pass.
Results: To date 61 individuals have taken the certification course and test. 54 passed (88.5%) and 7 failed (11.4%) the test. The pass rate was very high in physicians and study coordinators (95.7% and 80.6%).
Conclusion: A novel web based tool for mRS certification is described. We are currently designing validation studies for each of these tools. Pilot study is undergoing to validate the patient self assessment grading.
- © 2012 by American Heart Association, Inc.