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Price A, Burls A, Vasanthan L, Clarke M, Liew SM, Brice A.2016. Self-management open online trials in health [SMOOTH] an analysis of existing online trials [Protocol]PeerJ Preprints4:e2671v1https://doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.2671v1
BACKGROUND: The use of public engagement and self-management in online clinical trials is growing with benefits, boundaries and minimal methodological guidance. This analysis explores whether running self-recruited online trials can provide trustworthy and useful answers to research questions. AIM: To systematically explore existing self-recruited online randomized controlled trials of self-management interventions and analyze the trials to assess their strengths and weaknesses, the quality of trials reporting and to report how participants were involved in the research process. METHODS: The Online Randomized Controlled Trials of Health Information Database (ORCHID) will be used as a sampling framework to identify a subset of self-management self-recruited interventions. The trials will be used to explore the qualities of self-recruited online randomized controlled trials and to evaluate how useful they are for obtaining trustworthy answers to questions about health self-management and citizen research involvement. This research employs participatory action research where researchers and participants work as collaborators. SUMMARY: This analysis can provide an overall view of effective methods for online trials and to provide insights into integration for online trials development as early as the protocol planning stage.
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