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Patient perspectives about participation in a chronic rhinosinusitis trial during the COVID pandemic: a qualitative study.
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  • Jane Vennik,
  • Clare McDermott,
  • Samantha Williams,
  • Carl Philpott,
  • Mike Thomas,
  • Paul Little,
  • Anne Schilder ,
  • Claire Hopkins
Jane Vennik
University of Southampton Faculty of Medicine
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Clare McDermott
University of Southampton Faculty of Medicine
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Samantha Williams
University of Southampton Faculty of Medicine
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Carl Philpott
University of East Anglia
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Mike Thomas
University of Southampton Faculty of Medicine
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Paul Little
University of Southampton Faculty of Medicine
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Anne Schilder
evidENT, Ear Institute, University College London, UCLH Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital
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Claire Hopkins
Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals NHS Trust
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Abstract

• Telephone interviews were conducted with 19 MACRO trial participants from 5 ENT sites across the UK. • Trial participants experienced mixed levels of communication during the COVID period and some felt uninformed about the trial status and their clinical situation. • Participants were most concerned about getting COVID through interactions with other patients in hospital settings. Conversely, there was a high level of trust in healthcare professionals. • Pre-visit COVID-safety information, minimising contact with other patients, and strict waiting room management can facilitate the restart of the MACRO trial from the patient perspective. • Patient confidence in trial participation is likely to continue improving with COVID vaccination roll out.

Peer review status:UNDER REVIEW

21 Apr 2021Submitted to Clinical Otolaryngology
28 Apr 2021Assigned to Editor
28 Apr 2021Submission Checks Completed
04 May 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
15 Jun 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending