An assessment of willingness to participate in a randomized trial of arthroscopic knee surgery in patients with osteoarthritis

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Identifying barriers to recruitment into a randomized clinical trial can help researchers adjust recruitment strategies to maximize enrollment. To determine barriers to enrollment of patients in trials of knee osteoarthritis treatments, we recruited from three centers patients over age 45 who had both knee osteoarthritis and a meniscal tear.  We described a hypothetical randomized trial of arthroscopic partial meniscectomy versus non-operative management and assessed patients’ willingness to participate in such a trial. We elicited preferences for treatment along with information on age, sex, education level, race, work status, and pain. We examined the association between these factors and willingness to participate in the trial.

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