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Clinical research nurses perspective on recruitment challenges and lessons learnt from a large multi-site observational study

Clinical research nurses perspective on recruitment challenges and lessons learnt from a large multi-site observational study

Imran, Ambreen, Mpofu, Sithembinkosi and Weldon, Sharon Marie ORCID: 0000-0001-5487-5265 (2022) Clinical research nurses perspective on recruitment challenges and lessons learnt from a large multi-site observational study. Journal of Research in Nursing. ISSN 1744-9871 (Print), 1744-988X (Online) (In Press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/17449871211043746)

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Abstract

Background
Recruitment of large numbers of study participants within a designated time frame for multi-site clinical research studies is a significant challenge faced by researchers. If a study does not manage to recruit targeted number of participants, it could have a significant impact on the statistical significance of the research.

Purpose
This paper highlights the challenges of recruitment for a large multi-site UK-based tuberculosis observational study ‘PREDICT’.

Methods
It uses a case study analysis from the research nurses perspective, and descriptive information retrieved from non-recruitment log forms to understand reasons for potential recruits not participating.

Results
Some of the main challenges to recruitment included patients not attending their clinic appointments, time required to obtain site-specific permissions and courier timings for blood sample collection. This paper also outlines key reasons for potential recruits who did not participate. Some of the common barriers to participation for non-recruited participants were work and family commitments, additional blood tests and language barriers.

Conclusion
Successful strategies which were implemented to overcome some of the challenges during the study are presented. This paper, therefore, aims to present the challenges faced, lessons learnt and successful strategies implemented to inform the planning of similar longitudinal studies of this scale in future.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: research nurse; perspective; challenges to recruitment; multi-site observational study; tuberculosis
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development > Centre for Professional Workforce Development
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > School of Health Sciences (HEA)
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2022 15:04
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/34776

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