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Table 2 Perceived barriers to the best possible use of the EHR for clinical trial recruitment (N = 214) (%)

From: The use of electronic health records for recruitment in clinical trials: a mixed methods analysis of the Harmony Outcomes Electronic Health Record Ancillary Study

Reason Not a barrier at all Slight barrier Moderate barrier Significant barrier Complete barrier
Limitations on ability to contact patients cared for by other providers 30.4 22.9 23.8 15.4 7.5
Certain research-focused EHR modules (i.e., “research and reporting” modules) are not available on our system 32.7 20.1 22.4 15.9 8.9
Not enough IT support to search the EHR 37.9 21.0 25.7 12.6 2.8
Institutional limitations on ability to directly contact patients without their consent 43.0 17.3 21.0 10.7 7.9
Institutional limitations on accessing EHR without patient consent 48.6 14.5 18.7 13.6 4.7
  1. EHR, electronic health record; IT, information technology