Engaging Patients in Person Nearly Triples Research Registry Enrollment

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Participant recruitment can be a tremendous challenge for clinical research, but a recent pilot program at the University of Rochester nearly tripled enrollment in a local clinical research registry - simply by engaging patients in person.

Funded in part by the University of Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute (UR CTSI), the three-month pilot program aimed to improve enrollment in two research participant recruitment registries: the University of Rochester Research Participant Registry (URRPR) and the national ResearchMatch.org.

Utilizing the university’s Emergency Department Research Associate (EDRA) Program, research associates approached people in the Strong Memorial Hospital emergency department to ask if they would be interested in registering for future studies. During the pilot program from December 2017 to February 2018, 73 percent of those approached agreed to register for one or both of the registries – nearly three times as many registrants as signed up during the same three-month period the previous year.

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