Coaching for Healthy Ageing: Recruiting and Older Population

James Wickham, Shona E. Manning, Anne Tiedemann, Kirsten Howard, Chris Rissel, Richard Lindley, Dafna Merom, Allison Tong, Stuart T. Smith, Adrian Bauman, Stephen R. Lord, Constance M. Vogler, Judy Simpson, Catherine Sherrington

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Background: The impact of health promotion strategies in research or population health settings is dependent on successful recruitment of participants. There are clear benefits of health coaching for older people but less is known about efficient ways to recruit participants to such programs. We are undertaking the NHMRC-funded Coaching for Healthy Ageing (CHAnGE) trial which aims to recruit 600 older people who are active members of 60 established community-based groups in Orange and Sydney. Groups are randomised to receive trial health coaching, either: a) falls prevention and enhanced physical activity; or b) improving healthy eating.

Aim: To describe recruitment strategies that have been used thus far in the CHAnGE trial and their success rates.

Methods: Community-based groups (e.g. Probus, Rotary, Mens Shed, Womens Shed, Inner Wheel, Bridge Club, Ionian Club, Golf Club groups etc) from Orange, NSW were approached via email, phone or formal/informal presentations by the researchers between September 2015 and February 2016. Posters and flyers were also placed into the community and local media articles were published to generate interest in the trial.

Results: To date we have approached 35 groups that included 150 people who were potentially interested in trial participation and provided their name and phone number for further contact. After withdrawals and eligibility screening, 11 groups containing 114 eligible participants were recruited to the trial, representing a 76% recruitment success rate.

Discussion: A multifaceted approach for recruitment appears effective when approaching community-based groups within a regional centre. The inclusion of a presentation of our research at each group's venue, which often involved an informal chat beforehand, and then spending time talking individually with potential participants after the presentation, appears to be an integral part of the recruitment procedure. The success of these strategies in Sydney will be investigated in the next stage of this project.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event49th Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) Conference - National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australia
Duration: 02 Nov 201604 Nov 2016 (Conference resources)


Conference49th Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) Conference
Abbreviated titleCapitalising on the Ageing Dividend: Re-imagining Our Future
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