Miami CTSI

Consent to Contact Database To Help Researchers with Study Recruitment

01.31.2019

UHealth’s Consent to Contact Initiative, a clinical service offering UHealth patients the opportunity to potentially engage in clinical studies, is taking the next big step in fulfilling a vision to advance research through expediting recruitment, improving retention, and increasing diversity in clinical studies.

Launched in 2016, patients who visit the UHealth medical system for care are asked at the time of registration for their consent to be contacted about future clinical studies for which they may qualify.

The response has been extremely positive with more than 102,000 patients consented into to the program. With this robust participation, University of Miami researchers can now utilize the database for recruitment into their studies.

The process of searching for potential willing participants and obtaining patient contact information is simple and straightforward while also safeguarding the privacy of patients.

First, researchers are asked to conduct a feasibility analysis using a University approved data search tool like URIDE or EPIC SlicerDicer. Then they should obtain IRB approval to utilize Consent to Contact as a method of recruitment. The final step is to complete a request form online for committee review.

The Consent to Contact committee oversees the initiative’s governance and maintains proper management of requests to ensure each meets the necessary requirements. It includes representatives of the UHealth Clinical Practice, HIPAA Privacy & Security Office, UM clinical research investigators, Information Technology, IRB, the Executive Dean for Research (EDR) Office, and the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).

The Miami CTSI is available to help interested researchers through the process. To learn more about Consent to Contact visit its web page at miamictsi.org/consent-to-contact or contact the CTSI at contactforresearch@miami.edu or call 305-243-8888.

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