Research fundamentals: follow-up of subjects in clinical trials: addressing subject attrition.

@article{Woolard2004ResearchFF,
  title={Research fundamentals: follow-up of subjects in clinical trials: addressing subject attrition.},
  author={Robert H. Woolard and Kathleen Carty and Philip Wirtz and Richard Longabaugh and Ted D Nirenberg and P Allison Minugh and Bruce M. Becker and Patrick R. Clifford},
  journal={Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine},
  year={2004},
  volume={11 8},
  pages={859-66}
}
Many published clinical trials have less than adequate follow-up. When conducting a clinical trial, researchers attempt to minimize data loss; however, some data may not be collected, particularly when subjects are lost to follow-up. Careful planning of research protocols, including comprehensive initial data collection, identification of locators, flexible scheduling, systematic subject tracking, monitoring subject loss, and systematically approaching problem cases can ensure high follow-up… CONTINUE READING

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