Covid-19 trials: allow recruitment by everyone in healthcare, including those not previously involved in research [letter]

Mark A Rickenbach
2021 BMJ (Clinical Research Edition)  
Darzi and colleagues are right to highlight research recruitment, because, before the pandemic, research activity had fallen in almost all specialties in England. 1 The Principle study, mentioned, is a step change with full online consent and follow-up. It has allowed recruitment by everyone in healthcare, including those not previously involved in research. Primary care covers every medical condition and almost every patient in the UK. A trusted GP often knows the patient over many years, and
more » ... er many years, and they hold a comprehensive healthcare record. This leads to higher rates of recruitment from direct GP contact. However, it is who undertakes the research, rather than who recruits, which determines funding. Both should be considered by the national Clinical Research Network (CRN) to allow appropriate resource allocation.
doi:10.1136/bmj.n599 pmid:33653691 fatcat:45qgnoxq2rc6zpqeu4pwl3yue4