Clinical research subject recruitment: the Volunteer for Vanderbilt Research Program www.volunteer.mc.vanderbilt.edu.

Harris PA, Lane L, Biaggioni I
J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2005 12 (6): 608-13

PMID: 16049231 · PMCID: PMC1294031 · DOI:10.1197/jamia.M1722

This article provides information concerning a novel research subject recruitment registry developed at Vanderbilt University. Project goals were (1) to provide a mechanism for lay individuals to self-enter information conveying interest in volunteering for clinical research and (2) provide tools for researchers to select and contact potential volunteers based on study-specific inclusion criteria. The registry was built and offered as an institutional resource to all university scientists conducting institutional review board-approved research. The authors present (1) a model for redesigning workflow associated with subject registration, volunteer retrieval, and subject contact; (2) details of a Web-based software application used as a focal point in designing workflow for our system; (3) descriptive statistics for volunteer and researcher use of the system during the first 32 months of operation; (4) cost estimates for the project; and (5) a set of recommendations for other medical centers wishing to adopt similar methodology.

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Biomedical Research Clinical Trials as Topic Consumer Behavior Data Collection Ethics Committees, Research Human Experimentation Internet Patient Selection Registries Software Tennessee

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