Online Tool Aims To Increase Nationwide Clinical Trial Recruitment

April 9, 2015 in News

Technologists who work with the ResearchMatch website have launched a new search function aimed at increasing recruitment for clinical trials, Health Data Management reports (Goth, Health Data Management, 4/9).

The website aims to connect researchers who are running clinical trials with individuals who might be interested in participating. It is a collaborative project among several not-for-profit groups, led by the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ResearchMatch website, 2015).

Details of Tool

The new search tool, called Trial Finder, allows users to:

  • Register as potential volunteers; and
  • Search for relevant trials in the database.

Users who are interested in participating in trials can use drag-and-drop boxes to share information such as:

  • Age;
  • Gender;
  • How far they are willing to travel;
  • Location by ZIP code; and
  • Medical conditions of interest to them.

Users can search for trials of interest without being obligated to sign up for such research.


ResearchMatch architect Paul Harris — a professor of biomedical informatics and director of the Office of Research Informatics at Vanderbilt University — said the tool will help make the site the go-to resource for individuals across in the U.S. who are interested in becoming involved in clinical trials.

Harris said developers are analyzing log data to look for usage trends and to fine-tune new features. He said the platform also plans to:

  • Add a glossary function within two to three months; and
  • Incorporate a feature to disseminate trial results to volunteers.

In the future, Harris said the site could include synchronized feedback from research and patient advocacy communities and webinar calls through which researchers could explain their trials (Health Data Management, 4/9).

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