Recruiting a cohort of diverse and qualified participants is critical to the success of any clinical research study. A well thought out recruitment and retention strategy is most effective if implemented in the preliminary stages of a research project. CTSI offers a variety of resources to help researchers meet their recruitment goals, and can assist in the development of effective recruitment and retention strategies at all stages of research.
Pitt+Me is a voluntary database of individuals willing to consider participation in research studies.
The Registry's novel software matches participants, based on their demographics and ICD-9/10 codes and/or health preferences, with studies for which they may be eligible.
Researchers can learn more by visiting the CTSI Research Participant Registry/Pitt+Me Info Page.
The Community PARTners Core of the CTSI supports community based participatory research to foster collaboration between the community and clinical researchers. For more information on the ways in which the Community PARTners Core can contribute to an effective recruitment strategy, researchers can contact Core Administrators at PARTners@hs.pitt.edu.
CTSI’s pediatric practice-based research network was created to facilitate the translation of research discoveries into practice to improve children’s health. Pediatric PittNet supports participant recruitment through on-site screening and enrollment done by research nurses in select practices, as well as through paper-based and electronic study postings. Pediatric PittNet works to enhance communication between investigators and pediatric community practices. Principal investigators who have interest in working with community pediatric practices must first contact Pediatric PittNet. For more information, visit the network Web site at www.pedspittnet.pitt.edu
ACT Cohort Discovery Tool
The ACT program is creating a federated network of CTSA sites to enable cohort discovery across the nation in real time using a web interface without needing study-specific IRB approval. The ACT Cohort Discovery Tool will enable investigators to obtain aggregated patient counts and patient demographic breakdowns across the network by constructing queries using terms consisting of standard terminologies. For more information about ACT, visit here.