Communicating the results of research: how do participants of a cardiac rehabilitation RCT prefer to be informed?

Dalal, H., Wingham, J., Pritchard, C., Northey, S., Evans, P., Taylor, R. S. and Campbell, J. (2010) Communicating the results of research: how do participants of a cardiac rehabilitation RCT prefer to be informed? Health Expectations, 13(3), pp. 323-330. (doi: 10.1111/j.1369-7625.2009.00580.x) (PMID:19906214) (PMCID:PMC5060540)

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Abstract

Objective: To determine the preferred means by which participants in a study of cardiac rehabilitation wish to be informed of the study’s results. Design: Postal questionnaire survey of participants in a randomized controlled trial. Setting: Cornwall, southwest England. Participants :Patients recruited to the Cornwall Heart Attack Rehabilitation Management Study (CHARMS). Method: Participants recruited to CHARMS who were alive 3 years and 9 months after the trial was completed were contacted by letter and invited to return a reply slip with four short questions indicating how they would prefer to be informed about the published results of the study. Results: In March 2008, 191/230 participants originally recruited to CHARMS were still alive. General practitioners deemed 166/191 (88%) survivors medically appropriate to be contacted through a postal survey, and 154/166 (93%) participants responded to the invitation to participate in the follow‐up survey. 86% (143/166) of participants indicated that they wished to be informed about the results: 115 (80%) of these elected to receive information by letter and 25 (18%) of these preferred to attend a meeting. Men older than 65 years predominated in this latter group. Women respondents preferred to receive the study results by letter; none preferred communication by email or the web. Conclusion: Survivors of acute myocardial infarction who participated in a RCT of cardiac rehabilitation wanted to receive a summary of the aggregate study results. Participants had preferences regarding how they would wish to be informed about the results of the study. Most participants preferred to be informed by letter or email, but some preferred the interaction of a group or a meeting.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Taylor, Professor Rod
Authors: Dalal, H., Wingham, J., Pritchard, C., Northey, S., Evans, P., Taylor, R. S., and Campbell, J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Health Expectations
Publisher:Blackwell
ISSN:1369-6513
ISSN (Online):1369-7625
Published Online:10 November 2009

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