A Systematic Process for Recruiting Physician-Patient Dyads in Practice-based Research Networks (PBRNs)

H. Robitaille, F. Legare, G. Tre
2014 Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine  
Recruiting physicians and patients for primary care research is difficult, and low participation can greatly affect the validity of research. While practice-based research networks (PBRNs) offer advantages of scale for recruitment, the barriers are perennial. We designed a systematic process for recruiting physician-patient dyads in PBRNs and tested it in EXACKTE2, a large, cross-sectional, dyadic study. Methods: Based on known barriers, we designed a systematic process for recruiting dyads of
more » ... amily physicians and their patients and implemented it in 2 primary care practice-based research networks in Canada: one in Ontario (11 practices) and one in Quebec (6 practices). Dyads (one physician with one patient) were recruited simultaneously to explore their mutual influence during consultations. A key element of the process was a research assistant assigned to each practice. This person closely accompanied the recruitment process, liaising with staff and taking charge of interviews, questionnaires, and follow-up. Results: In total, 276 physicians and patients were recruited in 17 primary care practices in 2 primary care networks in Ontario and Quebec, representing a participation rate of more than 72% of eligible physicians and more than 64% of eligible patients. Conclusion: We established a systematic process to conduct successful dyadic recruitment of physicians and patients in PBRNs.(J Am Board Fam Med 2014;27:740 -749.)
doi:10.3122/jabfm.2014.06.140035 pmid:25381070 fatcat:abb54evjdjfhfe653oudbjf36m