Recruitment strategies for a clinical trial of community-based water therapy for osteoarthritis

Rachel Davey, Sarah Matthes Edwards, Tom Cochrane

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This study compares the efficiency of two methods of recruitment into a randomised controlled trial examining the cost-effectiveness of water therapy for elderly people with lower limb osteoarthritis. The direct cost of recruiting patients via general practice was £27.66 per patient (1.1 personnel hours/patient). The cost per recruited patient from a local newspaper article was £2.72 (0.2 personnel hours/patient). The cost differential between the two recruitment methods was largely owing to poor administration practices, difficulties in accessing patient information, and difficulties in contacting patients from the general practice computer database.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-317
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of General Practice
Issue number489
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2003
Externally publishedYes


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