Strategies to improve participant recruitment to randomised controlled trials: A systematic review of non-randomised evaluations
Portland, USA

Speaker: Heidi Gardner

This is an oral presentation at the Society of Clinical Trials annual meeting, to be held 20th – 23rd May (date to be confirmed) at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower. 921 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97204, USA.

Many trial teams implement recruitment interventions as the trial is running, generally in an attempt to improve poor recruitment. A substantial literature describing the non-randomised evaluation of these interventions exists but has been rejected from systematic reviews on grounds of anticipated poor methodological quality. However, systematic evaluation of this substantial body of work may provide useful information if interventions are similar enough for pooling and GRADE assessment supports higher levels of certainty than might be expected for a single study.

This review aims to consolidate evidence around recruitment interventions focussing only on non-randomised evaluations.

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