Developing a Patient and public involvement Intervention to enhance Recruitment and Retention in Surgical Trials

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Clinical trials, including surgical trials, often struggle to recruit patient participants and keep them in the trial (retention). These difficulties can mean a trial takes longer, costs more money, or even fails completely.

Patient and public involvement (PPI) is research being carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ patients and/or members of the public rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them. PPI in designing and doing trials has the potential to enhance recruitment and retention, but the evidence for this is weak at best. We also don’t know what kind of PPI is likely to lead to the biggest improvements in recruitment and retention.


We are going to investigate these issues by developing and testing a PPI ‘intervention’ aimed at improving recruitment and/or retention in surgical trials (including trials of surgical procedures and trials of other interventions [e.g. drugs, devices, dressings, physiotherapy] in adult surgical patients before, during or after surgery).

We plan to develop an intervention that is as practical and useful as possible by involving surgical trial investigators, administrators, PPI coordinators and PPI contributors (patients and members of the public involved in surgical trials) in the development process. We will be inviting people in these roles across the UK to take part from September 2015. The project will consist of several phases including surveys, focus groups and a consensus workshop.

We hope that this exciting project will improve our understanding of PPI impact and of recruitment and retention challenges in surgical trials, as well as providing an evidence-based PPI intervention which could be realistically used in practice.

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