Recruiting Community-Based Dementia Patients and Caregivers in a Nonpharmacologic Randomized Trial: What Works and How Much Does It Cost?

Karen Morrison, Laraine Winter, Laura N Gitlin

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Abstract

Objectives: The aim of this study was to evaluate the yield and cost of three recruitment strategies - direct mail, newspaper advertisements, and community outreach - for identifying and enrolling dementia caregivers into a randomized trial testing a nonpharmacologic approach to enhancing quality of life of patients and caregivers (dyads). Method: Enrollment occurred between 2006 and 2008. The number of recruitment inquiries, number and race of enrollees, and costs for each recruitment strategy were recorded. Results: Of 284 inquiries, 237 (83%) dyads enrolled. Total cost for recruitment across methodologies was US$154 per dyad. Direct mailings resulted in the most enrollees (n = 135, 57%) and was the least costly method (US$63 per dyad) compared with newspaper ads (US$224 per dyad) and community outreach (US$350 per dyad). Although enrollees were predominately White, mailings yielded the highest number of non-Whites (n = 37). Discussion: Direct mailings was the most effective and least costly method for enrolling dyads in a nonpharmacologic dementia trial.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)788-800
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Volume35
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016

Keywords

  • caregiving
  • clinical trials
  • dementia care
  • home care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Gerontology

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