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Clinician engagement is critical to public engagement with clinical trials

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 12 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3140
  1. Christopher J Stock, head of research and development communications and strategy1,
  2. Nick Carley, managing director2,
  3. Ben Hickman, research director2,
  4. John Primrose, professor of surgery3,
  5. Alison Ayres, director of communications and public engagement1,
  6. Christine McGrath, director of research and development1,
  7. Christopher J Edwards, associate director4,
  8. Saul N Faust, director4
  1. 1University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Southampton SO16 6YD, UK
  2. 2Alterline Research, Manchester M4 6JW
  3. 3University of Southampton Faculty of Medicine, Southampton SO16 6YD
  4. 4Southampton NIHR Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility, Southampton SO16 6YD
  1. christopher.stock{at}

Five years on from Godlee and Chalmers’ advocacy of greater patient information to improve access to clinical trials,1 we have conducted research showing that engaging clinicians with local research and trial information is as critical to enabling participation as are public engagement and information provision.

Our study explored the perceptions, motivations, and barriers to trial participation among 1101 adult members of the public …

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