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I was asked to read this article: Involving consumers in designing, conducting, and interpreting randomized controlled trials: questionnaire survey.

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/322/7285/519

This topic and article is beyond my comprehension and scope of expertise. I am hoping an online OTA can aide me with direction on the 4 questions below:

1. Is there Gaps in the Research Process- objectives, methods, results or conclusions?
2. How this study may impact or guide future research?
3. What is the role of the public health inspector within the context of this article?
4. Are there any barriers or limitation, what are they?

I am reading and trying to interpret the article... but the topic is so far out of my realm. I will appreciate all the help that can be given.

Thank you.

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Please refer to file response attached, which is also presented below. I hope this helps and take care.

RESPONSE:

1. Is there Gaps in the Research Process- objectives, methods, results or conclusions?

This is what is listed in the research paper:

Objective: To assess the extent to which consumers are involved in the work of clinical trial coordinating centres in the United Kingdom and the nature of consumers' involvement in randomized trials coordinated by these centres.

Methods: National surveys using structured questionnaires with some open ended sections.

Results: Of the 62 eligible centres, 23 reported that consumers had already been involved in their work, and most respondents were positive about this involvement. 17 centres planned to involve consumers. 15 centres had no plans to involve consumers, but only four of these considered such involvement irrelevant. Responses from investigators about the 48 individual trials were mostly positive, with respondents commenting that input from consumers had helped refine research questions, improve the quality of patient information, and make the trial more relevant to the needs of patients.

Conclusions: Consumer involvement in the design and conduct of controlled trials seems to be growing and seems to be welcomed by most researchers. Such involvement seems likely to improve the relevance to consumers of the questions addressed and the results obtained in controlled trials.

Is there Gaps in the Research Process?

Although the author's states their objective is: "To assess the extent to which consumers are involved in the work of clinical trial..." and implies that they are investigating the clients as they were commissioned, the study takes a twist, and instead interviews the researcher instead. Interestingly, though, they were commissioned to conduct a survey by Consumers in NHS Research (formerly the Standing Advisory Group on Consumer Involvement in the NHS Research and Development Programme), a group that advises the director of research and development for the NHS in England. Instead, however, they conducted a survey of researchers, not consumers.

The gap is mainly between the objectives and methods: The studies purpose or objective is to find out the involvement of the clients, without ...

Solution Summary

This solution reviews the suggested article: "Involving consumers in designing, conducting, and interpreting randomized controlled trials: Questionnaire survey" based on the four questions presented.

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