Paying clinicians to join clinical trials : a review of guidelines and interview study of trialists
Raftery, James, Kerr, Christine, Hawker, Sheila and Powell, John. (2009) Paying clinicians to join clinical trials : a review of guidelines and interview study of trialists. Trials, Vol.10 (No.15). ISSN 1745-6215
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Background: The motivations of clinicians to participate in clinical trials have been little studied. This project explored the potential role of payment for participation in publicly funded clinical trials in the UK. The aims were to review relevant guidelines and to collate and analyse views of clinical trialists on the role of payments and other factors that motivated clinicians to join clinical trials.
Methods: Review of guidelines governing payments to clinicians for recruitment to trials. Semistructured
interviews with a range of NHS clinical trial leaders, analysed using qualititative methods.
Results: While UK guidelines had little to say specifically on payments linked to recruitment, all payments have become highly regulated and increasingly transparent. Interview participants believed that expenses arising from research should be covered. Payments in excess of expenses
were seen as likely to increase participation but with the risk of reducing quality. Motivations such
as interest in the topic, the scope for patients to benefit and intellectual curiosity were considered more important. Barriers to involvement included bureaucracy and lack of time.
Discussion: Limited scope exists for paying clinicians over-and-above the cost of their time to be involved in research. Most trialists favour full payment of all expenses related to research.
Conclusion: Payment of clinicians beyond expenses is perceived to be a less important motivating factor than researching important, salient questions, and facilitating research by reducing bureaucracy and delay.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > R Medicine (General)|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School > Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Clinical trials -- Great Britain, Medical fees -- Great Britain|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Trials|
|Publisher:||BioMed Central Ltd.|
|Official Date:||10 March 2009|
|Number of Pages:||6|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
|Funder:||NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme (Great Britain)|
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