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.
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Event||49th Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) Conference - National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australia|
Duration: 02 Nov 2016 → 04 Nov 2016
https://www.aag.asn.au/national-conference/2016-conference-program-abstracts-and-presentations (Conference resources)
|Conference||49th Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) Conference|
|Abbreviated title||Capitalising on the Ageing Dividend: Re-imagining Our Future|
|Period||02/11/16 → 04/11/16|