Brealey, S.D. and Atwell, C. and Bryan, S. and Coulton, S. and Cox, H. and Cross, B. and Fylan, F. and Garratt, A. and Gilbert, F.J. and Gillan, M.G.C. and Hendry, M. and Hood, K. and Houston, H. and King, D. and Morton, V. and Orchard, J. and Robling, M. and Russell, I.T. and Torgerson, D. and Wadsworth, V. and Wilkinson, C. (2007) Using postal randomization to replace telephone randomization had no significant effect on recruitment of patients. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 60 (10). pp. 1046-1051. ISSN 0895-4356.
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Objective: To test the effect of postal randomization on recruitment of patients into a randomized trial in primary care. Study Design and Setting: General practices used a telephone service to randomize patients in our trial. Delays in the start of recruitment at some sites led us to modify the randomization procedure. When new practices took part patients completed and posted baseline materials to the Trial Secretary in York who performed the randomization and informed those concerned of the allocation. Results: Of the 647 practices who were invited to take part, 130 (45%) of 288 agreed to participate using telephone randomization and 155 (43%) of 359 using the postal method. These practices recruited 553 patients from November 2002 to October 2004 across 11 sites in the United Kingdom. The postal method reduced the number of patients recruited by a factor of 0.86 (95% confidence interval = 0.62-1.20), or 14%. The number of general practitioners working in a practice significantly increased patient recruitment by a factor of 1.12 (1.05-1.20), whereas practice distance from hospital significantly decreased recruitment by a factor of 0.98 (0.97-0.99). Conclusion: Postal randomization had no significant effect on recruitment of patients into our trial.
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|Uncontrolled keywords:||postal, telephone, patient recruitment|
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
|Divisions:||Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies|
|Depositing User:||Simon Coulton|
|Date Deposited:||13 Sep 2010 09:37|
|Last Modified:||28 Feb 2012 10:11|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/16990 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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