Date of Award

Summer 8-2009

Degree Type

Internship Practicum Report

Degree Name

Master of Science

Field of Study

Clinical Research Management


Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

First Advisor

Dr. Patricia Gwirtz


The goal of this project was to reveal what factors affect the willingness of a primary care physician to refer patients to clinical research trials in the Fort Worth area. 50 physicians were contacted and provided with a survey consisting of 14 questions. There was a 26% return rate for the survey, and the participating physicians had an average of 25.15 years in practice. The idea of clinical research is considered to be essential and not a risk among primary care physicians. The biggest obstacle for referrals appears to be based upon the lack of information available to physicians; clinical investigators need to engage the physicians with up to date information regarding any clinical trials that are being conducted.