TEACH: Technology Evaluation to Address Child Health

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Dental Caries


Behavioral: TEACH intervention

Study type


Funder types




Details and patient eligibility


The proposed study is a pre- /post-implementation study in a pediatric practice with a control practice designed to test the feasibility and effectiveness of an electronic screening and service delivery tool for three modifiable health risk factors in pediatrics: parental tobacco use, sugar-sweetened beverages consumption, and poor dental care

Full description

Key procedures of the study include: Practices will be contacted via letters, emails and in-person discussion with practice leaders. Among practices that say yes to recruitment, a total of 2 practices will be randomly assigned to one of two groups: 1) Implementation of the electronic screening tool 2) care as usual Control and intervention practices will be trained in integrating a Research Assistant (RA) who will be hired, trained, and paid by the research study. RAs will be through networking, temporary officeservice contractors, and other local resources. A notice to parents and teenagers will be posted where all can see it when registering for their pediatric visit. The notice will announce that the practice is participating in a research study and that parents/guardians and teenagers may be approached by a study RA. Practice staff will refer parents to the RA for the Eligibility Screener. In the control practice and in the pre-implementation phase of the intervention practice, after being seen by the pediatric clinician, the parent will be approached by the RA stationed near the exit of the clinic for an exit interview consisting of the Exit Survey. Alternatively, it the practice prefers to not have RAs directly approaching patients, practice staff will refer the potential participants to the RA after checkout. Parents who agree to study participation will learn about the study, sign the consent, and complete the Exit Survey for enrolled parents/guardians. Teenagers will not be invited or involved in this part of the study. In the post-implementation phase of the intervention practice, practice staff will follow a script at the check-in desk to refer parents to the RA. Parents will be approached by the RA after checking in for their appointment. Parents who agree to study participation will complete the Intake Survey. If they are accompanied by a teenager (aged 13-18 years old, the teenager will also be presented the study. Parents will be invited to consent to their child participate in the study. If the child is 13 years old, we will seek assent from the child to answer a portion of the intake survey. If he/she is 14 years or older, consent will be sought, and if obtained, the teenager will be asked to complete a section of the survey, on the same risk factors. We are asking that written documentation of these being waived and that consent/assent be inferred from survey participation, which will be documented in the research record. Teenagers will not be compensated for this section of the study that should take less than 5 minutes to complete. After completion of the survey, the adult participants will receive, if they desire, an information sheet on the risk factors identified, as well as a summary of the screening questionnaire, to be handed to the clinician they are coming to see that day. If no risk factor is identified, no clinician handout will be given. Teenagers' response to the survey will not be shared with parents and will only be available to the principal investigator and co-investigator. Adult participants will also be asked to reach out to the RA after their appointment to complete the Exit Survey, following the procedure mentioned above. One month after the recruitment and completion of the Exit Survey, adult participants will be contacted by phone by the RA or the Principal Investigator (PI) to complete the Follow-up survey. Consent for this survey will be obtain as part of the study initial consent and preferred phone numbers will be obtained directly from the participants. After completion of the Follow-up Survey, participation in the survey will be complete.


650 patients




18+ years old


Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

Parent of a child aged 0-18 years

Exclusion criteria

  • Parents under age 18
  • Parents who have a child with a medical emergency (any condition requiring transfer for immediate medical intervention)
  • Non-consenting individuals
  • Non-English speakers

Trial design

Primary purpose

Health Services Research



Interventional model

Parallel Assignment


None (Open label)

650 participants in 2 patient groups

Experimental group
The intervention group will receive the TEACH intervention - an electronic tablet screening in waiting room for the modifiable risk factors
Behavioral: TEACH intervention
No Intervention group
Care as usual: No electronic tablet in waiting room

Trial contacts and locations



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