Background: Published studies of patients with heart failure may not include details about the challenges in the recruitment process. Objectives: To describe the recruitment process during the first 18 months of a study being conducted to evaluate cognitive deficits in patients with chronic heart failure. Methods: Details of the recruitment process are described for 2 clinic sites. Results: A total of 4027 echocardiograms were screened at site 1 to evaluate eligibility. Of the 161 patients eligible, 61 (38%) were invited to participate, and 29 of the 61 (48%) completed the study. At site 2, four hundred thirty-seven medical records of patients were screened, resulting in 163 eligible patients (37%). The staff invited 70 of the 163 patients (43%) to participate, and 52 of the 70 (74%) completed the study. The refusal rate was 23% at site 1 and 21% at site 2. Conclusions: Successful recruitment in studies involving patients with heart failure often requires screening of a large group of patients.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||American Journal of Critical Care|
|State||Published - May 1 2008|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Critical Care