The National ALS Registry: A Recruitment Tool for Research
Published Date:Sep 24 2014
Source:Muscle Nerve. 50(5):830-834.
Pubmed Central ID:PMC4206601
Funding:CC999999/Intramural CDC HHS/United States
UL1 TR000062/TR/NCATS NIH HHS/United States
Subject recruitment is critical for understanding fatal diseases like ALS, however linking patients with researchers can be challenging. The US population-based National ALS Registry allows recruitment of persons with ALS (PALS) for research opportunities.
The Registry’s Research Notification Mechanism was used to recruit PALS aged ≥21 years; participants completed a web-based epidemiologic survey. PALS (n=2,232) were sent an email describing the study, and 268 surveys were completed.
The mean age (± SD) of eligible participants was 57.7 ± 9.3 years for men and 61.5 ± 8.9 for women. Most were men (63%) and Caucasian (92%). Of 256 potentially eligible participants, 37.5% (n=96) returned an authorization to disclose protected health information. ALS was confirmed for 94% (83/88) from physician responses.
This analysis demonstrates the National ALS Registry’s usefulness in recruiting PALS for research. This recruitment source can potentially foster the discovery of better treatment options and therapies, and of prevention strategies.
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