Recruiting Patients for Clinical Trials

For help navigating recruitment resources, please, request “Project Management” consult here.

At Massachusetts General Hospital, researchers have access to many tools to assist them in finding participants for their research projects.

  • RALLY is a database of current research projects at Partners Healthcare institutions. Researchers may add their trials to the database by following the instructions posted here.
  • ResearchMatch is a national registry that can help ‘match’ you with research participants who are interested in your therapeutic area. Learn more about the Research Match researcher registration process here. Start your ResearchMatch registration process today.
  • Trials Today provides a list of studies at Partners Institutions posted on
  • The Research Patient Data Registry (RPDR) is the central link to the Partners clinical data registry. The RPDR’s online query tool provides users with aggregate numbers of patients that meet user-defined characteristics and criteria such as diagnoses, procedures, medications and/or laboratory results. The Data Request Wizards allow the user to ask for more detailed medical record information on the identified patient population. This process requires an approved IRB protocol. For help navigating RPDR, please, request “Study Hypothesis and Design” consult here.
  •  eCare Research Core The Partners eCare Research Core (PeRC) is a core service offered by Partners eCare to the Partners research community. It leverages the Epic EHR to assist researchers in identifying and recruiting patients for their research studies conducted at Partners HealthCare.  Services that PeRC offers include: gathering Epic-related patient data for research (in the form of reports and/or data extracts), recruitment related services, and developing patient questionnaires. If you would like to learn more, please contact:

  • The Shared Health Research Information Network (SHRINE) helps Harvard-affiliated researchers compile large groups of well-characterized patients. Eligible investigators may use the SHRINE web-based query tool to determine the aggregate total number of patients at participating hospitals who meet a given set of inclusion and exclusion criteria (currently demographics, diagnoses, medications, and selected laboratory values). Get started using SHRINE.

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