Longitudinal Study Goes to the Dogs
What can dogs, specifically golden retrievers, teach a room full of clinical research executives? Lots, it turns out. Besides providing unique data on potential cancer risk factors, the Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study provides valuable information on how to recruit participants into a large study. And, it wasn’t hard to capture the audience’s attention and hearts with pictures of study participants (who doesn’t love a golden retriever?).
Morris Animal Foundation’s Erin Searfoss, study director, Canine Lifetime Health Project, recently joined United Biosource Corporation’s Janet Peterson, director, Patient & Physician Services, at the Cambridge Healthtech Institute Summit for Clinical Ops Executives. Their talk, “Fido Fights Cancer: Lessons Learned Recruiting Four-legged Patients in a Registry,” focused on recruitment efforts used to make the largest and longest study in veterinary history a reality.
As Erin and Janet described in their presentation to the research executives, the road to 3000 golden retrievers was anything but smooth. Erin and Janet detailed the various strategies used to reach the study recruitment goal, such as developing a strong volunteer base, distributing free materials to participating veterinarians, and using social media to spread the word about the study and keep enrollees engaged. Erin and Janet also shared with the audience many of the great Golden Retriever Lifetime Study blog posts, photos and stories that touched so many study members and followers. There was even a little extra love from a very special guest, Tarra, study hero #474!
For the latest from Morris Animal Foundation and our Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, visit: morrisanimalfoundation.org
United Biosource Corporation is the contract research organization with which Morris Animal Foundation has partnered to perform tasks such as questionnaire design, database creation and management, customer service, and study fulfillment.