Randomised trial of an integrated educational strategy to reduce investigation rates in young women with dysfunctional uterine bleeding

Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2002 Oct;42(4):395-400. doi: 10.1111/j.0004-8666.2002.00397.x.


Objectives: To assess the effectiveness of an integrated educational strategy to change clinician behaviour and reduce the number of hysteroscopies and/or dilatation and curettages for women 40 years or less with dysfunctional uterine bleeding (DUB).

Design: Randomised controlled trial with six-month follow-up.

Setting: Public teaching hospital gynaecology units with 12,000-13,000 relevant procedures per year.

Participants: Six public gynaecology units made up of 62 gynaecologists or trainees allocated at random to intervention group - three, or control group - 3. Intervention An educational strategy that included dissemination of evidence-based guidelines via a problem-based interactive workshop facilitated by an opinion leader and a laminated algorithm and guidelines.

Main outcome measures: The number of hysteroscopies and/or dilatation and curettages performed for DUB on women 40 years or less, clinician behaviour change and perceived booking rates of the procedure.

Results: At six months, there was no significant effect on the number of hysteroscopies and/or dilatation and curettages performed but there was an increase in evidence-based behaviour.

Conclusions: While the evidence-based educational strategy for the appropriate investigation of young women with DUB resulted in clinician behaviour change when applied to theoretical cases, it did not result in a reduction in hysteroscopy/D&C rates at six months.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Curettage / statistics & numerical data*
  • Education, Medical, Continuing*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Female
  • Gynecology / education*
  • Health Services Research
  • Hospitals, Teaching
  • Humans
  • Hysteroscopy / statistics & numerical data*
  • Information Dissemination
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'*
  • Uterine Hemorrhage / prevention & control*
  • Victoria