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Limited evidence exists on the effectiveness of education and training interventions on trial recruitment; a systematic review

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  • Hannah Denaley
  • Declan Devane
  • Andrew Hunter
  • Adwoa Parker
  • Louise Murphy
  • Patricia Cronin
  • Valerie Smith

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JournalJournal of Clinical Epidemiology
DateAccepted/In press - 18 May 2019
DateE-pub ahead of print - 22 May 2019
DatePublished (current) - Sep 2019
Volume113
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)75-82
Early online date22/05/19
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Objective: To examine the effectiveness of education and training interventions on recruitment to randomised and non-randomised trials.

Study Design and Setting: A systematic review of the effectiveness of education and training interventions for recruiters to trials. The review included randomised and non-randomised controlled trials of any type of education and training intervention for recruiters to trials, within any healthcare field. The primary outcome was recruitment rates, and secondary outcomes were: quality
of informed consent, recruiter self-confidence, understanding/knowledge of trial information, numbers of potential trial participants approached, satisfaction with training, retention rates.

Results: Of the 19 records reviewed at full text level, six met the inclusion criteria for our review. Due to heterogeneity of outcomes and methods between the included studies, meta-analysis was not possible for the primary outcome. Of the three studies that reported recruitment rates, one favoured the education and training intervention for increased recruitment; the remaining two found no differences between the groups. Of the reported secondary outcomes, quality of informed consent was improved, but no differences between groups in understanding/knowledge of trial information were found.

Conclusion: There is limited evidence of effectiveness on the impact of education and training interventions on trial recruitment. Further work on developing a substantial evidence base around the effectiveness of education and training interventions for recruiters to trials is required.

Keywords: trial recruitment, educational intervention, training intervention, systematic review

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