This program is presented to you as a free educational program funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It 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 and, as a result of participation, will gain free continuing education credits. By enrolling in this module you are consenting to participate in the study. You can also take part in the module and not participate in the study.
Below are frequently asked questions (FAQ) and answers regarding your participation in this study.
What is the purpose of the 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.
What will happen if I take part in this research study?
You will complete The Interactive Spaced Education (ISE) Delirium Module 1: Impact and Recognition of Delirium in Hospitalized Elders module, which consists of 20 multiple-choice questions on delirium in the geriatric patient in the hospital setting. When the trial begins, you will receive an email every day from the Houston Methodist team (Qstream ) that contains two new questions. Your response will determine the next step:
- If you incorrectly answer the question, it will be repeated approximately six days later.
- If you correctly answer the question, it will be repeated approximately 18 days later.
- If you correctly answer the question two times in a row, the question is retired from the program and is no longer repeated.
You have completed the program when all 20 of the spaced education questions are retired, which is estimated to be in fewer than three months.
What other options are available if I do not want to participate in this study?
Your participation is this study is entirely voluntary and you can withdraw from the study or the module at any time. Some groups may be encouraged by their managers to complete the module to support the hospital goals for improving care of elders. Declining to participate in the study will not influence current or future relationships with Houston Methodist.
You may be allowed to complete the module for continuing education (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, contact our office:
How will my privacy and the confidentiality of my research records be protected?
Study outcomes will be the documentation of delirium-related codes in administrative data, the percentage of participants who complete the module, 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 CE certificates and to support training programs at Houston Methodist.
Is there a cost associated with participation in the study?
No. 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 CE 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 Houston Methodist or any of its agencies.
Will I be compensated for participation in the study?
CE credit will be offered to those who retire all 20 questions AND complete the post-intervention survey at the end. You must complete 80 percent of the module within four months of starting it to receive continuing education credits. Credits are awarded based on the participant:
- 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits will be awarded to physicians completing the module.
- Nurse practitioners and physician assistants will be awarded a Certificate of Participation designating the activity is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.
- 1.9 credit hours of continuing nursing education credits will be awarded to nurses completing the module.
- Two hours of appropriate continuing education credits will also be awarded to physical, occupational and speech therapists who have completed the module.
Who can you contact for study information?
If you prefer not to participate in this study, to withdraw from it at any time or to stop further recruitment emails, contact:
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.
Enroll now in Delirium Module 2: Impact and Recognition of Delirium in Hospitalized Elders . By enrolling in this module, you are consenting to participate in the study.