Describing Novel Recruitment, Enrollment, or Screening Processes

Most, if not all, behavioral intervention studies confront a myriad of challenges in recruiting and enrolling study participants (see Chapter 10 on recruitment). Although there is a large corpus of literature on recruitment and enrollment techniques, there is always room for more publications in this area. This is particularly the case for articles that report on the recruitment, enrollment, or screening of a specific clinical or minority population. Also, reporting on the use of novel strategies for outreach and results of these approaches, and/or the costs associated with specific approaches employed, are potentially important contributions (Morrison, Winter, & Gitlin, 2014). Recruiting and enrolling participants from within specific practice or clinical settings (e.g., primary care, hospital, senior centers) versus recruiting and enrolling participants through the community-at-large pose very different challenges and require different strategies worthy of description and evaluation in publications (Gross et al., 2014). Describing strategies, models, approaches, or costs can all form the basis of meaningful publications.

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