Creating Recruitment Materials
Recruitment materials should include only the information necessary for members of the sample population to determine their eligibility and interest.
A. Required Content
- Statement that the project is research
- Study purpose, including the condition under study (in lay language)
- Inclusion criteria for participation (e.g., "to be in this [or, 'To be eligible for participation in this…'] research study you must …"
- Exclusion criteria when present (e.g., "to be in this [or, 'To be eligible for participation in this…'] research study you may not …"
- Overview of procedures (e.g., "participants will be asked to…")
- Direct benefits to participants (if any)
- Location where the research will take place
- For written recruitment materials, names and phone numbers of contact person and PI
B. Optional Content
- Time commitment for participation; include duration if multiple sessions
- For written recruitment materials, email addresses of contact person and PI
C. Prohibited Content
- Statements / information that imply or suggest a favorable outcome or benefits beyond those described in the protocol application
- Exculpatory language (i.e., language that suggests the researchers, UNR, or some other entity are free from blame should something negative result from participation)
- Highlight or emphasize payment for participation
- Make claims as to the safety, efficacy, or superiority of the item being tested
- Use terms such as "new treatment" or "new drug" unless the materials also state that the test item is investigational / experimental
- Promise "free treatment" when the simple truth is that subjects will not be charged for being in the research study