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A Journal on Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Minerva Ginecologica 2000 January-February;52(1-2):1-4

language: Italian

Recruitment strategies for a randomized clinical study

Chiechi L. M., Lobascio A., Grillo A., Valerio T., Pompea Schiavelli M.


Background. To value the level of acceptance of the Memphis Study, (a random clinical study suggested verifying the efficacy of a diet enriched with phytoestrogens to prevent menopausal problems), and underlining the reasons which induce the acceptance or refusal of the study. Study design: prospective study.
Methods. Meeting groups have been held with 82 women needing Day Hospital treatment for Menopause at III Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the University of Bari. The features of women and the reasons that induce thez acceptance or refusal of the study were valued by an anonymous questionnaire with a precoded reply.
Results. 92.9% of the women accepted participation in the study. The main reasons for acceptance were: 1) believing that the study was drawn up for women; 2) it was done by expert physicians; 3) it was not done for financial gain. The random standard was the main reason for refusal.
Conclusions. With this method we had a very high acceptance, talking over the goals and problems that study aimed to address and to resolve. The chance offered to judge the reliability and competence of physicians is important.

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