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Training health professionals to recruit into challenging randomized controlled trials improved confidence: the development of the QuinteT randomized controlled trial recruitment training intervention

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-44
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Clinical Epidemiology
Early online date27 Nov 2017
DateAccepted/In press - 21 Nov 2017
DateE-pub ahead of print - 27 Nov 2017
DatePublished (current) - Mar 2018


Objective: To describe and evaluate a training intervention for recruiting patients to randomized controlled trials (RCTs), particularly for those anticipated to be difficult for recruitment.

Study Design and Setting:
One of three training workshops were offered to surgeons and one to research nurses. Self-confidence in recruitment was measured through questionnaires before and up to three months after training; perceived impact of training on practice was assessed after. Data were analyzed using two-sample t-tests and supplemented with findings from the content analysis of free text comments.

67 surgeons and 32 nurses attended. Self-confidence scores for all 10 questions increased after training [range of mean scores before 5.1-6.9 and after 6.9-8.2 (scale 0-10, all 95% CIs are above 0 and all p-values <0.05)]. Awareness of hidden challenges of recruitment following training was high – surgeons’ mean score 8.8 (SD 1.2), nurses’ 8.4 (SD 1.3) (scale 0-10). 50% (19/38) of surgeons and 40% (10/25) of nurses reported on a 4-point Likert scale that training had made ‘a lot’ of difference to their RCT discussions. Analysis of free text revealed this was mostly in relation to how to convey equipoise, explain randomization and manage treatment preferences.

Surgeons and research nurses reported increased self-confidence in discussing RCTs with patients, a raised awareness of hidden challenges and a positive impact on recruitment practice following QuinteT RCT Recruitment Training. Training will be made more available and evaluated in relation to recruitment rates and informed consent.

    Structured keywords

  • Centre for Surgical Research

    Research areas

  • Equipoise, Patient treatment preference, Professional education, Randomized controlled trial, Recruitment to randomized controlled trials, Training health professionals

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