What is it?
As opposed to the usual general reminder/follow-up, participants receive a personalised reminder (text message, letter or other) .
Does it work?
Personalised prompts up may reduce retention slightly.
How big is the effect?
A decrease of -2% (95% confidence interval = -9% to 5%).
How certain are we?
GRADE Low certainty.
We recommend that trialists use personalised prompts in the context of an intervention evaluation.
How can I use this straight away?
See Resource bundle below for details on how to use personalised prompts.
Imagine initial retention is 65% of those approached. You have a trial with 100 participants that needs responses from 80 to meet its statistical power calculations. Retention of 65% means that you will be 15 responses short (see chart below).
Now imagine using personalised prompts. The chart below shows the impact of an absolute decrease of -2% (95% CI = -9% to 5%). Retention is now 63%, which means our best estimate is that you would now be 17 responses short.
How to Cite
Citation: Ostrovska B. Evidence pack– Retention: Personal prompts (RET16), 2023, https://www.trialforge.org/retention-sector/personal-prompts-id-ret16/.
- This summary is from the Cochrane review of strategies to improve retention in randomised trials (https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.MR000032.pub3/full).
- The ‘Does it work?’ statement is structured according to effect size and GRADE certainty as per GRADE Guidelines 26 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclinepi.2019.10.014). The statement is for small effect size and Low GRADE certainty.
- The recommendation statement is the consensus view of the authors of this summary based on the GRADE certainty and features of the trials contributing to the evidence.
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