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Successful recruitment methods in the community for a two-site clinical trial.

Authors
  • Fairbanks, Eileen1
  • Shah, Shivani2
  • Wilde, Mary H3
  • McDonald, Margaret V2
  • Brasch, Judith3
  • McMahon, James M3
  • 1 University of Rochester, School of Nursing, Rochester, NY 14642. Electronic address: [email protected]
  • 2 Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Center for Home Care Policy and Research, New York, NY 10001.
  • 3 University of Rochester, School of Nursing, Rochester, NY 14642.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Applied nursing research : ANR
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2014
Volume
27
Issue
4
Pages
254–257
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.apnr.2014.04.002
PMID: 24852451
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

Effective screening and recruitment are essential to the success of randomized clinical trials. This report is to describe key screening and recruitment strategies in a two site randomized clinical trial (RCT) conducted in community settings with a vulnerable chronically ill population and to suggest valuable approaches when planning trials. Differences between sites in a complex study with two considerably different environments (academic versus home care) and their participant pools presented challenges which required different screening and recruitment methods. A high level of communication between sites, creative problem solving and the ability to be flexible when problems were encountered were needed for successful screening and recruitment.

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