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Commentary: Pivoting during a pandemic: developing a new recruitment model for a randomised controlled trial in response to COVID-19.
Milton, Shakira; McIntosh, Jennifer; Boyd, Lucy; Karnchanachari, Napin; Macrae, Finlay; Emery, Jon David.
  • Milton S; Centre for Cancer Research, University of Melbourne, Level 10, 305 Grattan Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia. shakira.milton@unimelb.edu.au.
  • McIntosh J; Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia. shakira.milton@unimelb.edu.au.
  • Boyd L; Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Karnchanachari N; HumaniSE Lab, Department of Software Systems and Cybersecurity, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
  • Macrae F; Centre for Cancer Research, University of Melbourne, Level 10, 305 Grattan Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia.
  • Emery JD; Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.
Trials ; 22(1): 605, 2021 Sep 08.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1403256
ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND:

Many non-COVID-19 trials were disrupted in 2020 and either struggled to recruit participants or stopped recruiting altogether. In December 2019, just before the pandemic, we were awarded a grant to conduct a randomised controlled trial, the Should I Take Aspirin? (SITA) trial, in Victoria, the Australian state most heavily affected by COVID-19 during 2020. MAIN BODY We originally modelled the SITA trial recruitment method on previous trials where participants were approached and recruited in general practice waiting rooms. COVID-19 changed the way general practices worked, with a significant increase in telehealth consultations and restrictions on in person waiting room attendance. This prompted us to adapt our recruitment methods to this new environment to reduce potential risk to participants and staff, whilst minimising any recruitment bias. We designed a novel teletrial model, which involved calling participants prior to their general practitioner appointments to check their eligibility. We delivered the trial both virtually and face-to-face with similar overall recruitment rates to our previous studies.

CONCLUSION:

We developed an effective teletrial model which allowed us to complete recruitment at a high rate. The teletrial model is now being used in our other primary care trials as we continue to face the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Document Type: Article Main subject: Pandemics / COVID-19 Subject: Pandemics / COVID-19 Type of study: Controlled clinical trial Language: English Journal: Trials Clinical aspect: Etiology Year: 2021

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Document Type: Article Main subject: Pandemics / COVID-19 Subject: Pandemics / COVID-19 Type of study: Controlled clinical trial Language: English Journal: Trials Clinical aspect: Etiology Year: 2021
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