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Strategies for Increasing Recruitment to Randomised Controlled Trials: Systematic Review

  • Patrina H. Y. Caldwell mail,

    Patrinac@chw.edu.au

    Affiliations: Centre for Kidney Research, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, New South Wales, Australia, Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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  • Sana Hamilton,

    Affiliation: Centre for Kidney Research, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, New South Wales, Australia

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  • Alvin Tan,

    Affiliation: The Children's Hospital at Westmead, New South Wales, Australia

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  • Jonathan C. Craig

    Affiliations: Centre for Kidney Research, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, New South Wales, Australia, Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, School of Public Health, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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  • Published: November 09, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000368
  • Featured in PLOS Collections

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Beg, steel or borrow: getting physicians to recruit patients in clinical trials

Posted by janoklimas on 24 Mar 2014 at 19:07 GMT

We have encountered recruitment difficulties in our pilot trial too. Sometimes, it felt like we should beg, borrow or steel to bump up our numbers. Recruitment to randomised trials will probably always remain an issue for science. To recruit successfully, the recruiting clinicians should be incentivised or supported in some way. With a systematic approach and an open mind, the investigators and clinicians can seek better solutions for creating trials that would attract human participants and help advance science for the benefit of all.

No competing interests declared.