Recruiters can have a pivotal role in patients’ decision to participate in randomised controlled trials (RCTs) but they have been shown to experience practical and emotional challenges in approaching and discussing trials with potential participants.
The QuinteT team have developed evidence-based training to raise awareness of the emotional and intellectual challenges of recruiting to RCTs. Interactive workshops are delivered separately to doctors and research nurses, with a focus on sharing experience and evidence-based suggestions to optimise informed consent and trial recruitment. The 1-day event equips delegates to communicate equipoise, explain randomisation and address patients’ treatment preferences effectively. Recruiters report increased confidence and a positive impact on recruitment practice (Mills et al 2018).
Forthcoming workshop / courses
We are currently piloting our training workshops as a 1-day course under the Bristol Medical School extensive programme of short courses. If successful we expect to offer regular training as part of the programme from 2020.