Organizational perspectives on the management and evaluation of large-scale multicenter controlled clinical trials: An exploratory study of participation in the beta-blocker heart attack trial
A review of literature related to appointment-keeping served as the basis for the development of an organizational paradigm for the study of appointment-keeping in the Beta-blocker Heart Attack Trial (BHAT). Features of the organizational environment, demographic characteristics of BHAT enrollees, organizational structure and processes and previous organizational performance variables were measured so as to provide exploratory information relating to the appointment-keeping behavior of 3,837 participants enrolled at thirty-two Clinical Centers. Results suggest that the social context of individual behavior is an important consideration for the understanding of patient compliance. In particular, the degree to which previous organizational performance--as measured by obtaining recruitment goals--and the ability to utilize resources had particularly strong bivariate associations with appointment-keeping. Implications for future theory development, research and practical implications were provided as was a suggestion for the development of multidisciplinary research efforts conducted within the context of Centers for the study and application of adherence behaviors.
Public health|Health care|Social research
Carter, Blair John, "Organizational perspectives on the management and evaluation of large-scale multicenter controlled clinical trials: An exploratory study of participation in the beta-blocker heart attack trial" (1988). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI9020177.