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Table 2 Description of the intervention

From: Inadequate description of educational interventions in ongoing randomized controlled trials

Items N = 150 n (%)
Components 1  
 Programmed interaction 126 (84.0)
 Internet program 16 (10.7)
 Educational material 45 (30.0)
 Other 7 (4.7)
 Not reported 5 (3.3)
Involvement of other people closely related to the patient 38 (25.3)
Reporting of  
Mode of delivery 2 (n = 126) 65 (51.6)
Number of sessions/calls/contact 2 (n = 134) 100 (74.2)
Frequency of sessions/calls/contact 2 (n = 134) 78 (58.2)
Duration of each sessions/calls/contact 2 (n = 137) 61 (44.5)
Overall duration of the intervention 94 (62.7)
Description of the content of the intervention  
 Reporting all the key components 45 (30.0)
 Content referenced and available 17 (11.3)
 Content not reported or much information missing 88 (58.7)
Reporting of  
Information about care provider 2 (n = 146) 44 (30.1)
Methods of standardization 2 (n = 135) 9 (6.7)
Reference(s) to previous publication(s) 42 (28.0)
Availability of a website that provides additional data  
 Yes - free and accessible 17 (11.3)
 Yes - but not free access 4 (2.7)
 Yes - but not accessible 5 (3.3)
 No 124 (82.7)
  1. 1Multiple answers were possible, so the total does not equal 100%.
  2. 2Percentage of study reports in which the item was applicable (n), that is, interventions involving exclusively an Internet program or educational material were classified “not applicable” for the items reporting the mode of delivery and number, frequency and duration of sessions.