The role of the multidisciplinary team in recruiting to cancer clinical trials

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Abstract

This research analyses factors affecting the accrual of women to two breast cancer trials, the British Association of Surgical Oncology (BASO) II trial (a treatment trial) and the International Breast cancer Intervention Study (IBIS) (a prevention trial). The research sought to identify the factors affecting the recruitment of women to breast cancer clinical trials from the multidisciplinary teams' and women's perspectives using multiple methods. This paper reports on the findings from research undertaken with multidisciplinary teams across the United Kingdom and highlights their role in recruiting people to cancer clinical trials. The findings contribute to the debate and knowledge on recruitment in a number of ways by including the views of key stakeholders concerned with these trials, by highlighting the factors affecting recruitment to these two trials, and finally, by making recommendations on methods to enhance recruitment.

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