Journal of Community Health

, Volume 21, Issue 5, pp 315–327

Research in the community recruitimg and retaining practices

  • Timothy S. Carey
  • Linda Kinsinger
  • Thomas Keyserling
  • Russell Harris
Articles

DOI: 10.1007/BF01702785

Cite this article as:
Carey, T.S., Kinsinger, L., Keyserling, T. et al. J Community Health (1996) 21: 315. doi:10.1007/BF01702785

Abstract

Medical investigators increasingly attempt to demonstrate the effectiveness of treatments given in routine practice settings as well as in research settings. We identified and describe several key issues in practice-based research: identifying the appropriate population; drawing the sample; recruitment of physicians and patients; maintenance of the physician-researcher relationship; and data management. Three on-going practice-based projects are described from the perspective of these key issues. Two are practice-based randomized trials, one is a large cohort study. Common characteristics are identified which contributed to the success of the three projects: direct recruitment of clinicians by clinicians; close liaison with local medical organizations; on-going personal contact with the practices; and recognition of the value of the practicing physician's time.

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy S. Carey
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Linda Kinsinger
    • 1
  • Thomas Keyserling
    • 1
  • Russell Harris
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.School of MedicineUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillUSA
  2. 2.Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, UNC HospitalsUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillUSA
  3. 3.Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services ResearchUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel Hill
  4. 4.Health Promotion & Disease PreventionUniversity of North CarolinaChapel Hill