Guidelines: Patient recruitment

Where the treating professional (doctor, physiotherapist, nurse, etc) is involved in the research either as a researcher or as a recruiter, the Committee prefers that potential participants in the research be given an introductory pamphlet describing that they will be approached about becoming research participants, and that they have the right to decline such participation without compromise to their subsequent treatment.

The researcher/recruiter may then approach them to volunteer for the study only after they have had sufficient time to consider the original pamphlet.

Again, whenever possible, it is better for potential participants to be approached by a third party uninvolved in the research, or for a recruitment advertisement to be used instead.