Evaluation of Case Management to Improve the Outpatient Care of Alcohol-Related Disorders

2014-08-27 03:45:14 | BioPortfolio


The purpose of this study is to disseminate and transfer the comprehensive quality management interventions (CQM) for alcohol-related disorders in primary care developed during the first funding phase into routine care. The two steps are (1) to optimize the CQM approach and (2) to investigate the dissemination and transfer into routine care in a randomized controlled trial.


In the first funding phase the project AQAH ("Ambulantes Qualitätsmanagement alkoholbezogener Störungen in der hausärztlichen Praxis"-"comprehensive quality management for alcohol-related disorders in primary care") systematically investigated three issues: (1) the outpatient care system and evidence-base for screening, diagnosis and treatment was examined; it developed (2) a comprehensive quality management system (CQM) consisting of documentation material, a pathway of care and evidence-based practice guidelines; (3) the effects of the CQM on the detection and treatment of alcohol-related disorders were investigated in a randomized controlled pre-post design and the results show positive effects of the CQM. In the second funding phase (a 3 year bi-center project) the purpose is now to disseminate and transfer the CQM into routine care. The two steps are (1) to optimize the CQM approach and (2) to investigate the dissemination and transfer into routine care in a randomized trial. (1) The paper-based AQAH-practice guidelines are transformed into an interactive electronic version with online patient documentation and evaluation, decision support measures as well as links to specialists and an e-learning tool. (2) After pilot testing in the AQAH-study-networks, an active transfer to the greater regions of Südbaden and Südwürttemberg will be performed in a parallel group cluster randomized controlled trial with GP practices as unit of randomization. Outcome data will be collected concerning the acceptance of the system and the quality of care delivered.

Comparison(s): (1) Use of the interactive electronic version of the CQM for alcohol-related disorders with a special training for general practitioners, compared to (2) use of the CQM with additional education for the whole practice team and organizational re-structuring advice, compared to (3) a control group who uses the CMQ without any special training.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label


Alcohol-Related Disorders


Online Comprehensive Quality Management System (CQM) of alcohol-related disorders in primary care, Physician training, Practice team training


Freiburg University Hospital, Dept. of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy




University Hospital Freiburg

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:45:14-0400

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