AVERT2(a very early rehabilitation trial, a very effective reproductive trigger): retrospective observational analysis of the number of babies born to trial staff

Bernhardt, J. et al. (2015) AVERT2(a very early rehabilitation trial, a very effective reproductive trigger): retrospective observational analysis of the number of babies born to trial staff. BMJ, 351, h6432. (doi:10.1136/bmj.h6432) (PMID:26658193) (PMCID:PMC4676118)

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Abstract

Objective: To report the number of participants needed to recruit per baby born to trial staff during AVERT, a large international trial on acute stroke, and to describe trial management consequences. Design: Retrospective observational analysis. Setting: 56 acute stroke hospitals in eight countries. Participants: 1074 trial physiotherapists, nurses, and other clinicians. Outcome measures: Number of babies born during trial recruitment per trial participant recruited. Results: With 198 site recruitment years and 2104 patients recruited during AVERT, 120 babies were born to trial staff. Births led to an estimated 10% loss in time to achieve recruitment. Parental leave was linked to six trial site closures. The number of participants needed to recruit per baby born was 17.5 (95% confidence interval 14.7 to 21.0); additional trial costs associated with each birth were estimated at 5736 Australian dollars on average. Conclusion: The staff absences registered in AVERT owing to parental leave led to delayed trial recruitment and increased costs, and should be considered by trial investigators when planning research and estimating budgets. However, the celebration of new life became a highlight of the annual AVERT collaborators’ meetings and helped maintain a cohesive collaborative group.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Langhorne, Professor Peter
Authors: Bernhardt, J., Lindley, R. I., Lalor, E., Ellery, F., Chamberlain, J., Van Holsteyn, J., Collier, J. M., Dewey, H. M., Parsons, B., Moodie, M., Lennon, S., Donnan, G. A., Thrift, A. G., Churilov, L., and Langhorne, P.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
Journal Name:BMJ
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN:1756-1833
ISSN (Online):1756-1833
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Authors
First Published:First published in BMJ 351:h6432
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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