Recruitment of Older Adult Patient-Caregiver Dyads for an Online Caregiver Resource Program: Lessons Learned

Eun Shim Nahm, Denise Orwig, Barbara Resnick, Jay Magaziner, Michele F Bellantoni, Robert Steven Sterling

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Hip fracture is a significant health problem for older adults and generally requires surgery followed by intensive rehabilitation. Informal caregivers (CGs) can provide vital assistance to older adults recovering from hip fracture. Caregiving is a dyadic process that affects both CGs and care recipients (CRs). In a feasibility study, we assessed the effects of using a theory-based online hip fracture resource program for CGs on both CGs and CRs. In this article, we discuss our recruitment process and the lessons learned. Participants were recruited from six acute hospitals, and CGs used the online resource program for 8 weeks. A total of 256 hip fracture patients were screened, and 164 CRs were ineligible. CG screening was initiated when CRs were determined to be eligible. Among 41 eligible dyads, 36 dyads were recruited. Several challenges to the recruitment of these dyads for online studies were identified, including a low number of eligible dyads in certain hospitals and difficulty recruiting both the CR and the CG during the short hospital stay. Field nurses often had to make multiple trips to the hospital to meet with both the CR and the CG. Thus, when a subject unit is a dyad recruited from acute settings, the resources required for the recruitment may be more than doubled. These challenges could be successfully alleviated with careful planning, competent field staff members, collaboration with hospital staff members, and efficient field operations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)489-504
Number of pages16
JournalAgeing International
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

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  • Online studies
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Recruitment of Older Adult Patient-Caregiver Dyads for an Online Caregiver Resource Program : Lessons Learned. / Nahm, Eun Shim; Orwig, Denise; Resnick, Barbara; Magaziner, Jay; Bellantoni, Michele F; Sterling, Robert Steven.

In: Ageing International, Vol. 37, No. 4, 2012, p. 489-504.

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