CFH1b Research - Developing a training intervention for staff to improve participant recruitment into randomised controlled trials

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Many strategies are used by trial teams to improve participant recruitment into randomised controlled trials; however few have been found to be effective. Most recruitment strategies also focus on patients being recruited, rather than the staff who are recruiting. Recruitment has been identified as the number one priority for methodological research; within this the training of staff recruiting patients has been highlighted as the top priority topic for research.

Our overall aim is to develop and pilot test a short training course for staff recruiting participants into surgical trials.

Layman's description

Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) are crucial for testing treatments. However, half of RCTs fail to recruit enough participants. This is costly, wasteful and leads to study findings being less robust. It also delays the adoption of effective treatments, whilst treatments that are ineffective or even harmful to patients may continue to be used.
Many strategies are used to improve recruitment; however few have been found to be effective. Most recruitment strategies also focus on patients being recruited, rather than the staff who are recruiting. Recruitment has been identified as the number one priority for methodological research; within this the training of staff recruiting patients has been highlighted as the top priority topic for research.
We will develop and pilot a training course for staff recruiting participants into RCTs. The findings will inform an application for a post-doctoral fellowship. Our team has a track record of developing and testing recruitment interventions.
Short titleTRaining to Improve pArticipant recruitment into randomised controLled trIalS
AcronymTRIALISt
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/11/1731/10/18

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