CTSI and Fairview Health Services provide participant, community, and patient recruitment strategies, data, technologies, and consultations to investigators and study teams.

Engaging potential participants in research is crucial for the success of University of Minnesota (U of M) clinical research studies. Public awareness of research opportunities, community engagement in research, and participant and patient recruitment and retention in U of M research studies are key components of fully enrolled research studies. With the changing landscape of media formats, the shortening of attention spans, changes in how information is consumed, along with the decline in trust of institutions globally, it has never been more important to design successful recruitment strategies in a way that builds trust and engages our communities in transparent and meaningful ways. 

Consultations and support

Patient data access

  • Electronic health record data from more than 4.5 million patients across 8 hospitals and 40+ clinics. Fairview Health Services clinic visits (from 2005), Fairview Health Services hospital visits (from 2011), and University of Minnesota Physicians clinic visits (from 2011)
  • University of Minnesota School of Dentistry dental records
  • Masonic Cancer Center data registries and repositories
  • Minnesota Department of Health death records (from 2011) of those who originated from Minnesota, held a permanent address in Minnesota over their lifetime, or died in Minnesota
  • Other datasets obtained by researchers
  • Fairview Tumor Registry

Technologies and registries

Associated fees and funding for services

No fees are applicable to faculty investigators or departments for initial consultations provided by CTSI. Learn more on CTSI's website. Fairview Research Administration may apply fees for recruitment strategies like mailings and advertisements. Studies are expected to provide funding to cover BPIC services outside of the initial consultation.

Office hours

Contact us to coordinate access to office hours:

  • By appointment only


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