Recruitment and Retention in Clinical Research

Academic Article


  • Recruitment is defined as the process of identifying and enrolling volunteers for participation in a research study. Retention is the ability to maintain individual participation throughout the duration of the research study. Recruitment and retention are enormously vital aspects of clinical research. This article reviews the process of identifying and enrolling participants for recruitment; describes regulatory requirements influencing subject recruitment; discusses special considerations in the recruitment of children, minorities, and at risk individuals; describes the process of participant retention; describes the utility of tracking databases; and explores clinical nursing roles and responsibilities in recruitment and retention in clinical research. ¬© 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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  • Meneses K; Roche C
  • Start Page

  • 259
  • End Page

  • 268
  • Volume

  • 4
  • Issue

  • 3