Use of a novel smartphone-based application tool for enrolment and randomisation in pre-hospital clinical trials

Jason E. Bloom, Andi Partovi, Stephen Bernard, Daniel Okyere, Stephane Heritier, Emily Mahony, Amminadab L. Eliakundu, Luke P. Dawson, Aleksandr Voskoboinik, David Anderson, Jocasta Ball, William Chan, David M. Kaye, Ziad Nehme, Dion Stub

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The effective recruitment and randomisation of patients in pre-hospital clinical trials presents unique challenges. Owing to the time critical nature of many pre-hospital emergencies and limited resourcing, the use of traditional methods of randomisation that may include centralised telephone or web-based systems are often not practicable or feasible. Previous technological limitations have necessitated that pre-hospital trialists strike a compromise between implementing pragmatic, deliverable study designs, with robust enrolment and randomisation methodologies. In this commentary piece, we present a novel smartphone-based solution that has the potential to align pre-hospital clinical trial recruitment processes to that of best-in-practice in-hospital and ambulatory care based studies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number109787
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023


  • Methods
  • Randomised controlled trial
  • Smartphone
  • Trial design

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