14 Sep ResearchMatch Brings Volunteers Trying to Find Clinical Trials Together with Researchers
ResearchMatch (RM) is an online tool bringing together researchers with volunteers trying to find research studies and clinical trials. Volunteers sign-up online with RM and then watch for e-mails informing them of potential research studies. If the volunteer is interested, the study team is notified, and they can establish direct contact with them.
RM is preparing to launch a Spanish version of the website. The tool will help Researchers at participating institutions to connect with and recruit Spanish-speaking volunteers into studies and allow Spanish-speaking volunteers to identify and sign-up for studies. The RM team is actively working with a Spanish Advisory Panel to ensure the translated content is accurate, culturally sensitive, and clear. Spanish RM aims to launch in summer 2018.
A researcher can use RM in two ways
Feasibility access allows a researcher to search for the total number of volunteers who might meet the inclusion criteria for a study.
Recruitment access allows one to search and contact volunteers after submitting evidence of IRB approval.
Research Match is particularly useful for matching healthy volunteers and persons with rare diseases to suitable studies. Nationally there are 131,517 volunteers in RM. Currently, there are 812 volunteers who are 50 miles or closer to the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Demographic information includes race, ethnicity, gender, and age.