Comparing research recruitment strategies to prospectively identify patients presenting with breathlessness in primary care

NPJ Prim Care Respir Med. 2022 Nov 9;32(1):49. doi: 10.1038/s41533-022-00308-5.


Two recruitment strategies for research were compared to prospectively identify patients with breathlessness who are awaiting a diagnosis in primary care. The first method utilised searches of the electronic patient record (EPR), the second method involved an electronic template triggered during a consultation. Using an electronic template triggered at the point of consultation increased recruitment to prospective research approximately nine-fold compared with searching for symptom codes and study mailouts.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Dyspnea* / diagnosis
  • Dyspnea* / etiology
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Humans
  • Primary Health Care
  • Prospective Studies
  • Referral and Consultation*