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Fam Pract. 2009 Oct;26(5):391-7. doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmp037. Epub 2009 Jun 23.

Improving recruitment to health research in primary care.

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National Institute for Health Research School for Primary Care Research, University of Manchester, UK. peter.bower@manchester.ac.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Recruitment to health research is known to be problematic. However, evidence concerning ways of improving recruitment is sparse.

OBJECTIVE:

To outline the process of recruitment, factors impacting on recruitment success and key areas for further research and development.

METHODS:

Narrative literature review.

RESULTS:

This paper argues that three ways of improving recruitment should form the focus of future work: developing a repository of evidence-based techniques and methods which can be introduced by research teams; developing the infrastructure to support recruitment, especially new technologies around the electronic patient record; and increasing public engagement with research, to improve participation by both clinicians and patients.

CONCLUSION:

Recruitment to health research in primary care remains a major hurdle, and key research and development priorities must be addressed.

PMID:
19549623
DOI:
10.1093/fampra/cmp037
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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