What are the best approaches to ensuring manageable workloads for clinical and research staff responsible for recruiting members of the public to randomised trials?

  • “From my experience the biggest issue with recruiting to trials is having enough local support to manage all the detailed administrative requirements. Research Nurses generally have too many studies to be able to manage the volume of workload required to support trials properly and effectively. Because all staff are overloaded with their workload there is usually no cover for staff going on holiday meaning that there are lots of missing recruitment throughout the year.”
  • “Trials are very labour intensive. Resources, including finances, staff, etc. need to be adequate to cope with this workload.”