Development of contingency recruitment plans in cancer chemoprevention research is as important as formulation of the initial plan. We found that requesting recruitment information from our initial CTCD subjects provided a framework for our contingency plan. The revised recruitment plan consisted of: 1) calling and sending letters to community gynecologists in private practice or affiliated with HMO's to explain the study and ask for referrals; 2) continued personal contact by the principal investigator with referring physicians; 3) sending thank you and follow-up letters to every physician who referred patients to the study; 4) soliciting Papanicolaou smear reports from HMO's if physicians of women with abnormal Papanicolaou smears gave permission to pathologists to release this information; 5) utilizing free media such as feature articles on the CTCD in local papers, public service announcements, and television "spots;" 6) continued use of brochures and posters printed for the initial recruitment effort; and 7) continued presentations to local professional physician and nurse groups about the study. Our contingency plan to date has provided us with 100% of our projected accrual. Thus, our recruitment methods have proved to be effective in accruing subjects for this cancer chemoprevention trial.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Progress in clinical and biological research|
|State||Published - 1990|
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