Since GW Research is a compact organization, careful attention is given to screening potential study candidates. Before a subject is invited to be screened, our trained staff, including the investigators at times, assures that the candidate meets the major broad inclusion and exclusion criteria for enrollment, using standard pre-screening questions.
Broad questioning regarding a detailed review of inclusion and exclusion criteria is always included to select the best candidates for studies. In general, we have always met our recruitment targets and frequently surpassed them, as can be seen from the CV. Our retention rate is high, once again, due to the close participation of the Principal Investigator (PI), who is involved in all study dealings, consenting subjects, and providing individual attention to the patient's needs and concerns. All patients are given follow up cards with instructions and are called to be reminded of future appointments and requirements.
Patients are not enrolled in a study unless the investigator and coordinator feel the subject is reliable, compliant, and genuine in their enrollment interests. Therefore, the majority of the patients for our studies come from the active clinical practices of the PI and Sub-Investigators. The majority of the patients for our studies come from the active clinical practices of the PI and Sub-Investigators.
Dr. Wiener has been in practice since 1998. His active Gastroenterology/ Internal Medicine practice generates a significant portion of our research. In total, our three medical staff sees approximately 120-160 patients per week. The rest of our research subjects are sent by community physicians who normally use us for specialty consultations and frequently refer patients to us. A minority of patients come from our poster advertisements in hospitals and doctor’s offices, and the media.
We have recently launched an expansive campaign to find and recruit new clinical trial candidates via our website!