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author = {Cabral, C and Curtis, K and Curcin, V and Dominguez, J and Prasad, V and Schilder, A and Turner, N and Wilkes, S and Taylor, J and Gallagher, S and Little, P and Delaney, B and Moore, M and Hay, AD and Horwood, J},
doi = {10.1186/s12875-021-01498-6},
journal = {BMC Family Practice},
title = {Challenges to implementing electronic trial data collection in primary care: a qualitative study},
url = {},
volume = {22},
year = {2021}

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AB - BackgroundWithin-consultation recruitment to primary care trials is challenging. Ensuring procedures are efficient and self-explanatory is the key to optimising recruitment. Trial recruitment software that integrates with the electronic health record to support and partially automate procedures is becoming more common. If it works well, such software can support greater participation and more efficient trial designs. An innovative electronic trial recruitment and outcomes software was designed to support recruitment to the Runny Ear randomised controlled trial, comparing topical, oral and delayed antibiotic treatment for acute otitis media with discharge in children. A qualitative evaluation investigated the views and experiences of primary care staff using this trial software.MethodsStaff were purposively sampled in relation to site, role and whether the practice successfully recruited patients. In-depth interviews were conducted using a flexible topic guide, audio recorded and transcribed. Data were analysed thematically.ResultsSixteen staff were interviewed, including GPs, practice managers, information technology (IT) leads and research staff. GPs wanted trial software that automatically captures patient data. However, the experience of getting the software to work within the limited and complex IT infrastructure of primary care was frustrating and time consuming. Installation was reliant on practice level IT expertise, which varied between practices. Although most had external IT support, this rarely included supported for research IT. Arrangements for approving new software varied across practices and often, but not always, required authorisation from Clinical Commissioning Groups.ConclusionsPrimary care IT systems are not solely under the control of individual practices or CCGs or the National Health Service. Rather they are part of a complex system that spans all three and is influenced by semi-autonomous stakeholders operating at different levels. This led
AU - Cabral,C
AU - Curtis,K
AU - Curcin,V
AU - Dominguez,J
AU - Prasad,V
AU - Schilder,A
AU - Turner,N
AU - Wilkes,S
AU - Taylor,J
AU - Gallagher,S
AU - Little,P
AU - Delaney,B
AU - Moore,M
AU - Hay,AD
AU - Horwood,J
DO - 10.1186/s12875-021-01498-6
PY - 2021///
SN - 1471-2296
TI - Challenges to implementing electronic trial data collection in primary care: a qualitative study
T2 - BMC Family Practice
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VL - 22
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