Recruitment to clinical trials: a meta-ethnographic synthesis of studies of reasons for participation

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Randomized controlled trials are important for evaluating health care interventions, but recruitment can be difficult. Studies of potential participants' perspectives on trial participation are accumulating, but their collective contribution is not obvious. In 2007, we conducted a meta-ethnographic synthesis of people's reasons for accepting or declining participation. This paper reports a second synthesis, conducted separately on the same topic, using studies published subsequently. It discusses both the substantive findings and the methodological implications for updating meta-ethnographies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-241
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Health Services Research & Policy
Issue number4
Early online date28 Aug 2013
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013



  • meta-ethnography
  • patient participation
  • RCTs

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