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Healthy Skepticism Library item: 5287

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Publication type: Journal Article

Borgiel AE, Dunn EV, Lamont CT, MacDonald PJ, Evensen MK, Bass MJ, Spasoff RA, Williams JI.
Recruiting family physicians as participants in research.
Fam Pract 1989 Sep 01; 6:(3):168-72


Obtaining the voluntary participation of family physicians in quality of care research is a major problem in family practice research. An innovative approach was therefore required to recruit 120 randomly selected family physicians in southern Ontario in a quality of care study by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. A network of physician recruiters oriented to the study was organized for each district. This recruitment method resulted in an 84.5% participation rate. The relationship of these physician recruiters to the candidate and the method of approach were important factors in the enrolment process: the highest participation rate (95%) was obtained when the recruiters were friends of the candidate and when a personal meeting was arranged (91%). Recruiters were given an information package to help them in the recruitment process and rated the most useful items as follows: a policy statement about confidentiality, a description of the study and reprints of a published feasibility study. These results illustrate that cooperation in research in family physicians’ offices can become a reality.

Confidentiality Humans Motivation Ontario Peer Group Personnel Management Personnel Selection/methods* Physicians, Family/psychology* Quality of Health Care Random Allocation Research Personnel/psychology* Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't


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