Examine the motivators, barriers, and facilitators to enrolling and remaining in a registry until invited to be considered for a study. Identify methods that influence a registry enrollee to participate in a study, including an analysis of how participants’ cognitive and functional status, demographics and other variables influence their registry behavior.
Cultivating Recruitment Science
What research questions do we need to answer about recruitment?
To continue to enhance effectiveness of recruitment efforts and improve tools, research methods, and recruitment practices, it is critical that we build the evidence base for a "science of recruitment." This evidence base can build the case for proven recruitment techniques and guide future study design, recruitment plans, and decision-making.
Ideas in this area might address:
- Identifying and characterizing target audiences
- Developing and testing audience-specific strategies and tactics
- Identifying gaps in knowledge about recruitment strategies and implementation
- Evaluating recruitment strategy success
- Developing a robust evidence base for recruitment strategies and a science of recruitment
In order to ensure minority groups are represented, the NIH could incentivize researchers for achieving recruitment quotas proposed in their application. The incentive does not need to be money but it could be training or other resources.
Many people have no clue what it means to participate in a research study. As we age, we learn by doing. The best way to get buy in from the community is to walk them through the stages of actual research. A small group would be terecruited to move through the different phases of the proposed research in an open forum.
Test models that move clinical research from the site to the community to lower barriers for volunteering. Consider use of mobile units, home or other residential settings, online assessments, satellite offices, and telemedicine, and seek flexibility from the study sponsors or health authorities.
Specific target participants have something in common - I think about the largest unviverse of subjects will be related to where the get their money or what they spend their money on. For example many may access the same financial support system such as SS Disability, some may take the same medication,. What they have in comon can drive where the study will look for participants. There are intelligence target marketing ...more »
Apply formative research, including such techniques as behavioral mapping and behavioral analysis to identify major factors, including barriers and facilitators, to help determine the likelihood that people in a particular audience will engage in sought-after behaviors involved in participating in research.
With each successful clinical study recruitment effort, the lessons learned should be added to a national list of best practices. The same goes for unsuccessful recruitment efforts in discovering what did not work and why. These best practices must be shared online in a way that is easily searchable (e.g. recruitment promotion, study materials, phone screening, etc.) so that study teams can create their plan using the ...more »
Develop a way to assess the recruitability of varying protocols. Such analyses could examine trial design, availability of infrastructure or off-site entities to support imaging and other off-site technologies and clinical specialties, and diversity/special population issues that could pose access-limiting challenges.
The goal of my dissertation is to identify the policy, system, organizational, and personal factors that facilitate, bar, and motivate ADRD community members to participate in clinical trials. My first stage is establishing a community advisory board comprised of ADRD professionals (clinicians, investigators/research assistants, and advocates) and people with ADRD and their care partners (including Black/African-American ...more »
Invest in site specific outreach campaigns to GPs and specialists in the vicinity of a clinical trial site for generating awareness and to promote referral from the clinical setting.
Survey past and ongoing clinical trials. what has gone wrong? and how to avoid it? Create an open forum for discussion of their failures and potential solutions for future recruitment efforts. Define variables to assess how effective recruitment strategies are.
Assess the feasibility of successfully engaging specific audience segments. This should be approached with short, intermediate and long-term goals in mind to fashion and implement effective national outreach.