Date of Award


Degree Type

Internship Practicum Report

Degree Name

Master of Science

Field of Study

Clinical Research Management


Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

First Advisor

John A. Schetz

Second Advisor

Dong-Ming Su

Third Advisor

Patricia A. Gwirtz


Clinical research has an important role as the intermediate step before an investigational drug or procedure is approved for distribution to the public. Before an investigational drug is approved, researchers must prove there is a benefit to the public by conducting an ethical clinical research trial. This process relies on recruiting the study population that is representative of the general population. If too few individuals participate, this could skew the data and prevent the eventual approval of an investigational drug or procedure. Recruiting study participants for certain populations has become increasingly difficult, which is why this practicum report explores the communication habits of the population around Baylor All Saints Medical Center via survey. The results of this survey will help Baylor Research Institute in Fort Worth, Texas better address clinical trial recruitment by possibly implementing social media into their current recruitment practices.


Nguyen, Denise T., The Analysis of Current Recruitment Methods: Measuring the Potential of Social Media in Clinical Research Trials. Master of Science (Clinical Research Management), December 2015, 199 pp, 32 tables, 54 illustrations, bibliography, 36 titles.