The challenge of recruiting people with schizophrenia to a health promotion trial

Margaret Abbott, Antony Arthur, Liz Walker, Gillian Doody

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People with schizophrenia have an increased risk of coronary heart disease. This pilot study tested the feasibility of carrying out a randomised controlled trial to compare coronary heart disease prevention for this population through an enhanced occupational therapy support intervention versus a practice-based intervention. Difficulty in deciding whether to take part meant that 123 visits were made to 25 people with 12 ultimately providing informed consent. Participants' discussion at a subsequent focus group (n = 3) suggested a poor understanding of the study process. Distrust of randomisation suggests that randomised controlled trials may not be the best way to evaluate community-based interventions for people with schizophrenia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)634-636
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of General Practice
Issue number517
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2005


  • Coronary Disease
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Focus Groups
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Patient Selection
  • Pilot Projects
  • Schizophrenia

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