Support for this paper was provided by a grant (NR 00095) from The National Institute of Nursing Research.
Maximizing Retention in Community-based Clinical Trials
Version of Record online: 23 APR 2004
Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Volume 34, Issue 1, pages 47–53, March 2002
How to Cite
Davis, L. L., Broome, M. E. and Cox, R. P. (2002), Maximizing Retention in Community-based Clinical Trials. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 34: 47–53. doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2002.00047.x
- Issue online: 23 APR 2004
- Version of Record online: 23 APR 2004
- Accepted for publication July 3, 2001.
- clinical trials;
Purpose: To identify and discuss retention strategies and their effectiveness in communitybased clinical trials in the last decade.
Methods: Online and hand searches for reports for the period 1990–1999. A total of 87 reports on 64 different trials were found; 21 of these published reports included a description of both retention strategies and outcomes. These studies, rank-ordered on participant retention, were compared.
Findings: Despite differences in study populations, interventions, and endpoints, community-based trials with the highest retention rates included a combination of retention strategies.
Conclusions: As more funding agencies emphasize clinical trials, more investigators will be held accountable for credible and generalizable findings based on retaining the projected number of study participants. The small number of published reports for the decade that identified both retention strategies and outcomes substantiates the need to better document these factors in future research reports.