Maximising Participant Recruitment to Randomised Controlled Trials

26th November 2012 - this course has been cancelled.

The aim of the course is to highlight various issues related to participant recruitment for randomised controlled trials, and to discuss possible solutions to improving recruitment.

The course should be of interest to researchers, nurses, doctors and allied health professionals who are involved in recruiting participants for randomised trials.

Topics Covered

  • Methods of recruitment
  • Potential recruitment problems
  • Strategies to improve recruitment practices
  • Services to support recruitment

These will be illustrated using examples from studies that the York Trials Unit have designed and directly managed. Researchers with experience of recruitment methods and issues will be on hand to answer any questions.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Professor David Torgerson - Director of the York Trials Unit
  • Una Adderley, Lecturer, University of Leeds
  • Peter Knapp, Senior Lecturer, University of York and HYMS

Trials Relevant to the Course

  • VenUS VI Trial –A randomised controlled trial of compression hosiery versus compression bandaging in the treatment of venous leg ulcers.
  • PROFHER: Pragmatic multi-centre randomised trial of surgical versus non-surgical treatment for proximal fracture of the humerus in adults.
  • ACUDep– Acupuncture, Counselling, and Usual GP care for Depression (ACUDep): a randomised controlled trial to evaluate effectiveness and cost-effectiveness.
  • AESOPS – Alcohol Evaluation Stepped care for Older Population Study.
  • Yoga for low back pain Trial – Pragmatic randomised controlled trial of yoga for chronic low back pain.
  • Migraine Trial – Randomised controlled trial evaluating the YorkTest to identify foods which may precipitate migraines in sufferers.
  • Hip Protector Trial – Randomised controlled trial of hip protectors among women living in the community.
  • TIPPS - Thrombophilia in Pregnancy Prophylaxis Study: a multicentre, multinational, randomised controlled trial of prophylactic low molecular weight heparin in high-risk pregnant thrombophilic women.


The course will be held in the Alcuin Research Resource Centre (ARRC) at the University of York.  Follow this link for directions and maps.

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Comments from previous delegates

"Some really useful comments that I hope to utilise in the future"

"Very useful presentations and a lot of ideas to take forward to real practice"

"Very useful to review the evidence of what works and what seems not to work"