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How to Participate

This program is presented to you as a free educational program funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  This educational program is also an observational study conducted by the Texas Consortium of Geriatric Education Centers at Baylor College of Medicine and Houston Methodist. You are being asked to take part in a research study as well as gain free continuing education credits. By enrolling in this module you are consenting to participate in the study.  However, if you wish to take the module and not be observed in the study, please just read below.  This section will explain why this research is being performed and what your role will be if you decide to be in this study.

1. What is the purpose of this study:
Delirium is the most common complication during hospitalization for older adults, increasing morbidity, mortality and long-term cognitive impairment. Although it is extremely common, it is universally under-recognized. The primary goal of this educational program is to increase knowledge and recognition of delirium for all members of the interdisciplinary hospital team at Houston Methodist and at other hospitals. 

2. What will happen if you take part in this research study or to obtain continuing education credits?
You will be asked to complete the following module:
The Interactive Spaced Education (ISE) Delirium Module 2: Management and Prevention of Delirium in Hospitalized Elders

This program will consist of 23 multiple-choice questions on delirium in the geriatric patient in the hospital setting. When the trial begins, you will receive two new questions every other day in a single email from the website, Houston MethodistTeam (methodist.qstream.com). This website facilitates the delivery of questions /answers to you.

  • If you answer the item incorrectly, it will be repeated approximately 6 days later.
  • If you answer the item correctly, it will be repeated approximately 18 days later.
  • If you answer the item correctly two times in a row, the item is retired from the program and is no longer repeated.

You will complete the program when all 23 of the spaced education items are retired (answered correctly twice in a row).

Given these parameters, it is estimated that you will complete the program in less than three months.

3. If you do not want to take part in this study, what other options are available to you?
Your participation is this study is entirely voluntary. Some groups will be encouraged by their managers to complete the module in order to support the hospital goals to improve care of elders. You may withdraw from the study and/or the educational module at any time. You are free to refuse to be in the study and your refusal will not influence current or future relationships with Houston Methodist.

You may be allowed to do the module for CE credit only and have your information excluded from the outcomes evaluation. If you wish to stop your participation in this research study for any reason, you should contact: Kathyrn Agarwal at (713) 873-4885 or kagarwal@bcm.edu

4. How will your privacy and the confidentiality of your research records be protected?
Study outcomes will be documentation of delirium-related codes in administrative data, the percentage of participants who complete the program, knowledge gains, how well the participants liked the program and whether it improved self-confidence in delirium recognition.

All responses will be kept strictly confidential. Only the investigators will have access to the responses on the surveys or in the educational module. The personally identifying information collected will only be used to track questionnaire completion in order to award continuing education certificates and to support training programs at Houston Methodist.

5. If you choose to take part in this study will it cost you anything?
This program is presented to you as a free educational program and observational study conducted by the Texas Consortium of Geriatric Education Centers at Baylor College of Medicine and Houston Methodist.

The funding for the ongoing administration and continuing education credits for this educational module is supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS- 1C1-12-0001 from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.

6. Will you receive compensation for your participation in this study?
Continuing education credit will be offered to those who retire all 23 questions AND complete the evaluation survey at the end. You must complete 80% of the module to receive continuing education credits.

You will be REQUIRED to complete the study within four months to obtain continuing education credit.

In order to obtain your continuing education credit, you must complete 80% of the module by getting each question correct twice AND you must complete the post-intervention survey within 4 months of starting the module.



Please click on the hyperlink below and enroll in the QStream module. By enrolling in this module, you are consenting to participate in the study.

Click here to enroll in Delirium Module 2: Prevention and Management of Delirium in Hospitalized Elders

7. Who can you contact for study information?
If you would prefer not to participate in the study at all, not to receive any further recruitment emails, or to withdraw from the study at any time, please email Kathryn Agarwal at kagarwal@bcm.edu or call (713) 873-4885.
In addition, if you have any questions about your rights as a research subject, contact the Institutional Review Board for Human Subject Research for Baylor College of Medicine & Affiliated Hospitals at (713) 798-6970.