Read our new paper on the acceptability and feasibility of conducting a pilot trial in primary care now published in HRB Open
The paper outlines how we explored the acceptability and feasibility of the study procedures used in a cluster randomised pilot trial of an intervention in primary care to improve uptake of Ireland’s national diabetic retinopathy programme.
Nine staff (3 GPs, 4 nurses, 2 administrators) were interviewed. We found that an interest in the topic area or in research motivated practices to take part in the trial. Reimbursement meant they could ‘ afford’ to participate. Staff valued the researcher briefing at the start of the trial, to avoid ‘ going in slightly blind’. While staff varied in audit skills and confidence, and some found this aspect of data collection challenging, a ‘ step-by-step’ audit manual and regular researcher contact, helped them stay on track and troubleshoot during data collection. Audit quality was acceptable overall, however there were some issues, incorrect assignment of patient status being most common.
You can read the full paper here.