This paper reports a seldom considered but very important practical aspect of research: access to respondents in multi-centre research. The advantages of multi-centre research are often balanced by extra difficulties in negotiating access to the research subjects. Using the example of a multi-centre pilot study of breast cancer.1 this article reviews various structures barring researchers’ access, and considers reasons for these barriers. The consequent costs to research in time, resources and staff continuity are discussed, and ways of addressing problems of access are suggested.
KeywordsBreast Cancer Routine Part Social Science Study Trap Door Extra Difficulty
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