Online Registry Connects Researchers with Potential Volunteers
Patients who want to participate in medical research studies can now connect with researchers nationwide by joining ResearchMatch.org, a not-for-profit website that brings together researchers and potential volunteers in a secure online format. CaseWestern Reserve University is one of 51 institutions participating in this disease-neutral volunteer recruitment registry.
ResearchMatch is the product of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA), which is supported by the National Center for Research Resources, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In 2007, the NIH awarded Case Western Reserve $64 million to become part of the national consortium.
Potential volunteers create searchable profiles on the site. Authorized researchers can then identify potential matches for their studies and initiate contact.
Participant recruitment continues to be a significant barrier to research studies, according to Barbara Alving, MD, director of the National Center for Research Resources. The site’s developers hope that ResearchMatch will prove to be a valuable tool in improving the connection and communication between researchers and potential participants.