Our website werdeproband.de, established especially for recruiting, provides information about current studies and gives interested people the opportunity to register as potential study participants. This allows the continual composition of new study collectives, making rapid study execution possible. In addition, we continually acquire study participants with classic advertisement and promotion events.
A well-defined study population optimally fitted to the research question defined in the study design is essential for the findings of a study.
A more exact description of the study participants requires first considerations of content: Are we investigating men and/or women? Are we looking for a specific age group? Can we expect specific effects in people experiencing chronic stress? Or is the client interested in specific health problems such as sleep disorders or diseases such as diabetes? These define the inclusion and exclusion criteria of a study. The more exactly described and chosen, the more homogeneous the examined population. This helps, alongside statistical considerations, to keep the study population small, therefore conserving resources.
Recruiting Volunteers / Patients
We recruit volunteers and/or patients for our studies in several ways.
Advertisements in daily newspapers and special publications such as those available in pharmacies; regional newspapers, self-help publications and similar. Wider catchment areas with larger numbers may also be achieved in co-operation with other institutes.
Our recruiting team organizes different advertising events in Trier and the surrounding area to acquire study participants.
An important method of recruiting is through our network of medical practitioners. After being informed of the study, a patient's GP or specialist will tell him or her about the study and provide further information about it. We will then carry out all the examinations and formalities associated with the study. There are many advantages to this cooperation. It is easy to reach plenty of potential patients. The treating doctor will be informed about the treatment from the start as part of the study. We receive important information on the patient's medical history and the progression during the study.
E-mail distribution to various institutions.
With information campaigns in self-help groups.
Through notices in pharmacies and other special facilities.
Through a growing database of interested individuals, we are usually able to quickly generate a suited target group. It is important to us that the ethics commission is involved throughout.