Recruitment and retention strategies for an urban adolescent study: Lessons learned from a multi-center study of community-based asthma self-management intervention for adolescents

Annette Grape, Hyekyun Rhee, Mona Wicks, Laurene Tumiel-Berhalter, Elizabeth D Sloand

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Abstract

Intervention studies with urban adolescents and families affected by asthma are critical to improving the disproportionate morbidity in this population. Community-based recruitment and retention strategies in a multi-site longitudinal project evaluating an asthma self-management intervention for adolescents are presented. Successful recruitment strategies depended on the geographic and cultural characteristics of each study site. Partnering with providers and groups known to the target population and in-person contact with target population were found effective. Flexibility accommodating modified and new approaches, securing multiple contacts and repeating mailings as well as capitalizing on the benefits of subject payment was critical to achieving long-term subject engagement of 85% in the study. Ongoing monitoring and adjustment of recruitment and retention strategies is recommended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-132
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Volume65
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Community-based research
  • Retention
  • Strategies
  • Urban recruitment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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