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Strategic Planning for Recruitment and Retention of Older African Americans in Health Promotion Research Programs
  • Published Date:
    2014
  • Source:
    J Health Dispar Res Pract. 2011; 7(2):14-33.
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  • Pubmed ID:
    25346876
  • Pubmed Central ID:
    PMC4208474
  • Description:
    The purpose of this study was to 1) describe a strategic plan for recruitment and retention used in conducting eye health education research with African-Americans living in urban and rural areas of Alabama and 2) characterize recruitment and retention patterns for this community-based project. We evaluated an eye health education program tailored specifically to older African Americans. InCHARGE© was designed to promote eye disease prevention by conveying the personal benefits of annual, dilated, comprehensive eye care and teaching strategies to minimize barriers to regular eye care. The InCHARGE© program or a social contact control program was delivered at 20 senior centers in predominately African American urban and rural communities. From pooled data across three studies, 380 African Americans completed a questionnaire about knowledge and attitudes/beliefs about eye disease and eye care before the program and by telephone at either 3 or 6 months after the presentation. The project consisted of 4 phases and a total of 10 strategic objectives for recruitment as well as retention of older African Americans that were implemented in a systematic fashion. Overall, retention rates for follow-up at either 3 or 6 months were 75% and 66% respectively. African Americans from rural areas were more likely to be lost to follow-up compared to those from urban areas. We discuss the benefits of utilizing a strategic plan that serves to address problems with underrepresentation of minorities in clinical research.

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    K23 EY017327/EY/NEI NIH HHS/United States
    P30 AG031054/AG/NIA NIH HHS/United States
    P30 AG022838/AG/NIA NIH HHS/United States
    U58 DP004061/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
    U58 DP002651/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
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