Community Advisors on Research Design and Strategies (CARDS®). CARDS® is a group of Dane County residents from diverse racial, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds. They advise researchers on how to effectively recruit study participants by improving recruitment materials, research documents and more.
Points to Consider. Suggestions for researchers to improve strategies for recruitment to clinical research from the National Institute of Mental Health.
Assess Feasibility with Informatics Tools
Assessing feasibility during the study design phase is critical. Cohort identification tools assist researchers in determining the number of patients matching key study criteria.
i2b2 Cohort Discovery Tool. This self-service tool allows researchers to determine the approximate number of patients within the UW Health enterprise data warehouse who meet eligibility criteria. i2b2 does not provide any patient identifiers or additional clinical data.
Clinical Research Data Services (CRDS). The CRDS team assists investigators with developing queries and securely delivering both de-identified data and patient-specific data from the UW Health Enterprise Data Warehouse. CRDS can be used to assess feasibility when cohort criteria are too complex for i2b2 or identify potential participants when a study is open to accrual.
Appropriate compensation is a major component of successful recruitment.