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General practitioner participation in the second australian national blood pressure study (ANBP2)

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1. The second Australian National Blood Pressure Study (ANBP2) is an outcome trial of the treatment of hypertension in the elderly conducted entirely in general practices across Australia. Prior to ANBP2, no study of this size and nature had been undertaken in Australian general practice and the response of General Practitioners (GPs) to becoming involved in long-term cardiovascular research was unknown.

2. Academic departments and Divisions of General Practice were approached to support the project. General Practitioners were approached by letter of invitation and contacted by a regional medical coordinator (RMC) either at a face-to-face meeting or by telephone.

3. At the close of recruitment to ANBP2, 1938 GPs from 950 practices had registered as investigators. Sixty-two Divisions of General Practice were approached to support the study in five mainland Australian states with 39 (63%) participating, although participation by state was highly variable (range: 18–100%). Thirty divisional or promotional dinner meetings were held, with 56% (368/658) of those attending registering as investigators. Of the 8098 GPs sent a letter of invitation to participate in the study, 1357 (17%) expressed interest and eventually enrolled as investigators, ranging from 8% in Queensland to 28% in New South Wales. Ninety-six per cent of GPs who had a personal face-to-face contact (696/724) with the RMC registered in the study.

4. The GP recruitment phase of ANBP2 has been successfully completed. Peer-to-peer recruitment was the most successful strategy; however, success varied between states. General Practitioner recruitment to long-term clinical trials appears to be successful with a multifactorial approach focusing on peer-to-peer recruitment.
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Keywords: General Practitioner networks; General Practitioner recruitment; cardiovascular outcomes; clinical research; hypertension trials

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: ANBP2, Baker Medical Research Institute, 2: Department of Public Health, University of Adelaide, 3: Department of Community Medicine and General Practice, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, 4: SA Divisions of General Practice, 5: Department of General Practice, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, 6: Department of General Practice, University of Western Australia, Fremantle, Western Australia and 7: Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 8: Dean of Medicine, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia,

Publication date: August 1, 2001

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