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Initial experience with a group presentation of study results to research participants

BACKGROUND: Despite ethical imperatives, informing research participants about the results of the studies in which they take part is not often performed. This is due, in part, to the costs and burdens of communicating with each participant after publication of the results. METHODS: Following the closeout and publication of a randomized clinical trial of saw palmetto for treatment of symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia, patients were invited back to the research center to participate in a group presentation of the study results. RESULTS: Approximately 10% of participants attended one of two presentation sessions. Reaction to the experience of the group presentation was very positive among the attendees. CONCLUSION: A group presentation to research participants is an efficient method of communicating study results to those who desire to be informed and was highly valued by those who attended. Prospectively planning for such presentations and greater scheduling flexibility may result in higher attendance rates. TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER: #NCT00037154.

Authors: Avins AL; Bent S; Padula A; Staccone S; Badua E; Goldberg H

Trials. 2008 Mar 21;9:16.

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