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Recruiting older adults to health research studies : a systematic review

Auster, Josephine F. & Janda, Monika (2009) Recruiting older adults to health research studies : a systematic review. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 28(3 ), 149 -151 .

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Abstract

Objective: To provide a systematic review of papers comparing the effectiveness of different strategies to recruit older adults (aged 50 years and over) to participate in health research studies, to guide successful recruitment in future research.
Methods: Four major databases were searched for papers published between 1995 and 2008 with: target group aged 50 years or over; participants allocated to receive one of two or more recruitment strategies; and an outcome measure of response rate or enrolment in study.
Results: Twelve papers were included in the review.
Conclusion: For postal questionnaires, recruitment strategies used with older adults had comparable outcomes to those used to recruit from the general population. For other types of studies, strategies involving face-to-face contact may be more effective than indirect methods, but this needs to be balanced against feasibility. Overall, little evidence on the topic exists and more rigorous investigation is necessary.

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ID Code: 29577
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Adult, Aged, Middle Aged, Patient Selection, Review
DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2009.00362.x
ISSN: 1440-6381
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Aged Health Care (111702)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Funding:
  • NHMRC CDA/553034
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Copyright Statement: Journal compilation © 2009 ACOTA
Deposited On: 11 Jan 2010 08:36
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2014 16:45

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