David E. Francis

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BACKGROUND A commonly reported problem with the conduct of multicentre randomised controlled trials (RCTs) is that recruitment is often slower or more difficult than expected, with many trials failing to reach their planned sample size within the timescale and funding originally envisaged. The aim of this study was to explore factors that may have been(More)
OBJECTIVES To identify factors associated with good and poor recruitment to multicentre trials. DATA SOURCES Part A: database of trials started in or after 1994 and were due to end before 2003 held by the Medical Research Council and Health Technology Assessment Programmes. Part B: interviews with people playing a wide range of roles within four trials(More)
BACKGROUND Securing and managing finances for multicentre randomised controlled trials is a highly complex activity which is rarely considered in the research literature. This paper describes the process of financial negotiation and the impact of financial considerations in four UK multicentre trials. These trials had met, or were on schedule to meet,(More)
BACKGROUND Publicly funded clinical trials require a substantial commitment of time and money. To ensure that sufficient numbers of patients are recruited it is essential that they address important questions in a rigorous manner and are managed well, adopting effective marketing strategies. METHODS Using methods of analysis drawn from management studies,(More)
Children with inborn errors of metabolism form an important group of children at risk of oral pathology. Their management includes dietary therapies which aim to promote normal growth and development but which are often highly cariogenic. It is important for paediatricians, dietitians and paediatric dentists to liaise closely in the management of these(More)
BACKGROUND Recruitment is a major challenge for many trials; just over half reach their targets and almost a third resort to grant extensions. The economic and societal implications of this shortcoming are significant. Yet, we have a limited understanding of the processes that increase the probability that recruitment targets will be achieved. Accordingly,(More)