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Title: Receiving a summary of the results of a trial: qualitative study of participants' views
Authors: Dixon-Woods, Mary
Jackson, Clare J.
Windridge, Kate C.
Kenyon, Sara
First Published: 9-Jan-2006
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group Ltd
Citation: British Medical Journal, 2006, 332 : 206
Abstract: Objective: To explore trial participants’ responses to receiving a summary of the results of a trial in pregnancy. Design: Qualitative study with semistructured interviews. Participants: 20 women who had when pregnant participated in the ORACLE trial of antibiotics for preterm labour and preterm rupture of the membranes and requested a copy of the trial results. Results: Less than a fifth of women who participated in the ORACLE trial indicated that they wished to receive the trial results. Reactions to the leaflet summarising the trial results were generally positive or neutral, although some women had difficulty in understanding the leaflet, and there was evidence of possible negative implications for women who had adverse outcomes. Women requested the results because they were interested in being able to complete their own personal narrative. They wished to know to which arm of the trial they had been allocated and the implications for their own pregnancy, and they were disappointed with receiving a generic summary.Women’s accounts indicated some confusion about the trial findings. Conclusions: Recommendations that research participants be routinely provided with the results of studies have been made without the benefit of research to show the consequences of doing this or how it should best be managed. Caution is needed, as is more evaluation of how feedback of results should be handled, and assessment of the risks, benefits, and costs.
DOI Link: 10.1136/bmj.38675.677963.3A
ISSN: 0959-8138
eISSN: 1756-1833
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Article
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2006. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial License ( ), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium non-commercially, provided the original author and source are credited.
Description: First published online on 9th January 2006 (doi:10.1136/bmj.38675.677963.3A)
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