Participant recruitment to FiCTION, a primary dental care trial – survey of facilitators and barriers

A. Keightley (Lead / Corresponding author), J. Clarkson, A. Maguire, C. Speed, N. Innes

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Objective: To identify reasons behind a lower than expected participant recruitment rate within the FiCTION trial, a multi-centre paediatric primary dental care randomised controlled trial (RCT).

Subjects (materials) and methods: An online survey, based on a previously published tool, consisting of both quantitative and qualitative responses, completed by staff in dental practices recruiting to FiCTION. Ratings from quantitative responses were aggregated to give overall scores for factors related to participant recruitment. Qualitative responses were independently grouped into themes.

Results: 39 anonymous responses were received. Main facilitators related to the support received from the central research team and importance of the research question. The main barriers related to low child eligibility rates and the integration of trial processes within routine workloads.

Conclusions: These findings have directed strategies for enhancing participant recruitment at existing practices and informed recruitment of further practices. The results help provide a profile of the features required of practices to successfully screen and recruit participants. Future trials in this setting should consider the level of interest in the research question within practices, and ensure trial processes are as streamlined as possible. Research teams should actively support practices with participant recruitment and maintain enthusiasm amongst the entire practice team.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberE22
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Dental Journal
Issue number10
Early online date21 Nov 2014
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014


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