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Strategies designed to help healthcare professionals to recruit participants to research studies

Overview of attention for article published in Cochrane database of systematic reviews, February 2016
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Title
Strategies designed to help healthcare professionals to recruit participants to research studies
Published in
Cochrane database of systematic reviews, February 2016
DOI 10.1002/14651858.mr000036.pub2
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Authors

Nancy J Preston, Morag C Farquhar, Catherine E Walshe, Clare Stevinson, Gail Ewing, Lynn A Calman, Sorrel Burden, Christine Brown Wilson, Jane B Hopkinson, Chris Todd

Abstract

Identifying and approaching eligible participants for recruitment to research studies usually relies on healthcare professionals. This process is sometimes hampered by deliberate or inadvertent gatekeeping that can introduce bias into patient selection. Our primary objective was to identify and assess the effect of strategies designed to help healthcare professionals to recruit participants to research studies. We performed searches on 5 January 2015 in the following electronic databases: Cochrane Methodology Register, CENTRAL, MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, British Nursing Index, PsycINFO, ASSIA and Web of Science (SSCI, SCI-EXPANDED) from 1985 onwards. We checked the reference lists of all included studies and relevant review articles and did citation tracking through Web of Science for all included studies. We selected all studies that evaluated a strategy to identify and recruit participants for research via healthcare professionals and provided pre-post comparison data on recruitment rates. Two review authors independently screened search results for potential eligibility, read full papers, applied the selection criteria and extracted data. We calculated risk ratios for each study to indicate the effect of each strategy. Eleven studies met our eligibility criteria and all were at medium or high risk of bias. Only five studies gave the total number of participants (totalling 7372 participants). Three studies used a randomised design, with the others using pre-post comparisons. Several different strategies were investigated. Four studies examined the impact of additional visits or information for the study site, with no increases in recruitment demonstrated. Increased recruitment rates were reported in two studies that used a dedicated clinical recruiter, and five studies that introduced an automated alert system for identifying eligible participants. The studies were embedded into trials evaluating care in oncology mainly but also in emergency departments, diabetes and lower back pain. There is no strong evidence for any single strategy to help healthcare professionals to recruit participants in research studies. Additional visits or information did not appear to increase recruitment by healthcare professionals. The most promising strategies appear to be those with a dedicated resource (e.g. a clinical recruiter or automated alert system) for identifying suitable participants that reduced the demand on healthcare professionals, but these were assessed in studies at high risk of bias.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Denmark 1 1%
Gambia 1 1%
Unknown 80 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 22 27%
Unspecified 15 18%
Student > Bachelor 14 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 9 11%
Researcher 5 6%
Other 17 21%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 26 32%
Medicine and Dentistry 20 24%
Unspecified 19 23%
Psychology 6 7%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 4 5%
Other 7 9%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 18. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 10 May 2017.
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#58
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