Theme 2

Integrative and dynamic research methods to optimise recruitment to RCTs

In this theme we aim to extend the development of innovative, integrative and dynamic research methods, developed in ConDuCT, to optimise trial recruitment and informed consent, primarily within feasibility/pilot RCTs in surgery, but also in full RCTs and those in primary care and public health. We work closely with researchers from the University's Quintet Team who pioneer qualitative approaches to optimise recruitment and informed consent to RCTs.

Our main areas of research are:

Developing an overall understanding of how to optimise recruitment in pragmatic RCTs, including: synthesising qualitative research undertaken in several RCTs to inform identification and development of interventions; evaluating effectiveness of interventions using novel RCT or other designs; continuing the development of innovative methods initiated in ConDuCT (targeted conversation analysis, quanti-qualitative techniques, standardised screening log template and recruiter feedback/training.)

Integrating previously developed methods in ‘difficult’ feasibility/pilot RCTs, including: identifying recruitment obstacles (interview/observation methods, scrutiny of study documentation and screening logs); developing and implementing strategies to overcome recruitment challenges (recruiter feedback/training); evaluating changes in recruitment practice, levels of informed consent, and randomisation.

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