CTMC2011 »  Recruitment Strategies

Session: Recruitment Strategies in Trials

Failure to recruit adequate numbers of participants to randomised trials can lead to equivocal results or premature termination of the trial. This has implications for participants, funders and researchers. Recruitment to RCTs is complex. Reviews have highlighted delays in start-up for a significant number of trials, and poor recruitment (McDonald, 2006, Bower 2007). Factors from trial design, clinician and participant requirements, through to consent and follow-up procedures may influence recruitment.


-review the methodological approaches that have been tested to improve recruitment to randomised trials

- make recommendations on the future research directions on innovative new strategies for enhancing recruitment to randomised trials

Oral Presentations

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Recruitment to trials - why is it hard and how might we make it less so?

Rates of practice and patient recruitment: preliminary results from the DDELPHI study

Investigating strategies to improve attendance at screening for a randomized trial

What parents think about being approached about children’s trials, how this differs from what practitioners expect, and what this tells us about enhancing recruitment

Exploring meaning of participation in a clinical trial in a developing country setting – implications for recruitment

Improving recruitment to clinical trials with a register of 1M who agree to the use of their clinical records for research in the Scottish Health Research Register

FARSITE: evaluation of an automated trial feasibility assessment and recruitment tool