An exciting opportunity to attend a workshop, please see below for further details –
‘A team from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) are working on a project looking at how we recruit research study participants from commercial High Street health care providers (e.g. Boots, SpecSavers etc), or organisations that support health in some way (e.g. gyms, slimming clubs etc).
The project is titled Community-Based Research and we are looking to answer two specific questions:
- How can people with known health issues being seen only ‘on the high street’ access research?
- How can people with known health risk factors, who are pre-disease diagnosis, access research?
These two groups could miss out on research opportunities currently because they don’t come into the standard health system until they are either considered to be too severe for High Street treatment (in the case of group 1) or they already have a health problem (in the case of group 2). We are looking to develop a process by which we can actively recruit participants at scale for trials before they need to access the health service, thus enabling better recruitment of milder disease and pre-disease phenotypes. We are aware that research is happening in these two groups and would like to pull together researchers who have this experience in order to learn from their successes and challenges.
To support this ETI we are running a workshop on January 31st, 10.30-3.30, at The Wesley Euston Hotel & Conference Venue, London, which will bring together the research community to discuss:
a) Examples of how we currently recruit from these settings, identifying successes and challenges
b) Based on these, identifying the key elements of a recruitment strategy that the Clinical Research Network could use
We would like to invite researchers to attend if this would be of interest. Please could nominated representatives complete this Eventbrite registration page (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nihr-crn-community-based-research-event-tickets-83954384825) including indicating which Specialty they are representing.’