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Accrual Feasibility


  • Accrual feasibility is a realistic assessment of the likelihood of achieving enrollment goals within the allotted recruitment period. The Office of Clinical Trials can assist in completing this assessment.


  • In assessing recruitment and retention for a particular study, consider the following:
    • Are there any competing, active trials at UMMC?
      • If so, will there be a sufficient number of eligible patients for this trial?
    • Will enrollment be feasible considering the inclusion and exclusion criteria?
    • How many can be enrolled based on a review of the patient cohort explorer?
    • If UMMC does not have the existing patient population sufficient to meet recruitment goals, could recruitment be obtained through referrals or advertising? 
    • Will the sponsor provide recruitment resources and/or a recruitment plan?
  • Feasibility Tool – Patient Cohort Explorer 
    • The Patient Cohort Explorer (PCE) is an application designed to support rapid querying and reporting to discover patients and encounter populations. The Explorer contains de-identified data from UMMC's Research Data Warehouse (RDW) and was built to facilitate research efforts. The RDW uses date-shifted, de-identified data from Epic, and is updated quarterly.
    • IRB approval to use the PCE is not required.
    • Access the PCE (application) uses filters to capture a study's inclusion and exclusion criteria, and determine whether UMMC has an adequate patient population to meet enrollment goals.