Who's Afraid of the Randomised Controlled Trial? Parents' Views of an SLT Research Study.
ABSTRACT Evidence-based health care is now a reality within the national health service (NHS) and the randomised controlled trial (RCT) is the linchpin of this movement. In modern health care, there has also been a shift towards understanding client perspectives. With regard to clients' participation in research, much consideration has been given to ethical issues and barriers to participation. However, less attention has been paid to the participants' views of clinical trials and understanding how they construe the research. This paper reports a study of the attitudes of parents whose children took part in an RCT. Data were collected from the parents of 20 children, using qualitative in-depth interviews. Parents talked about the meaning of their participation, their motivation for taking part and their understanding of the nature of the trial. The implications of the findings for future research will be considered.