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Recruitment issues in a randomized controlled exercise trial targeting wheelchair users.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21035565     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This paper describes recruitment challenges and lessons learned in conducting a randomized controlled exercise trial in the absence of direct access to a clinical population. One-hundred thirty-five wheelchair users were enrolled in a home and community-based intervention to promote exercise adoption and maintenance. Over 44 months of recruitment, 355 individuals inquired about the study and 323 completed the screening process. Nearly half were determined ineligible (150/323, 46.4%), typically due to having restricted arm movement, cognitive impairment, or medical conditions that are contraindicated for unsupervised exercise. Respondents cited paid media advertisements and recruitment materials placed in health care providers' offices most frequently as being how they learned about the study. RCT participant recruitment, particularly in the absence of direct access to a clinical population, required far more time and resources than anticipated to achieve sufficient enrollment. Nurturing relations with key gatekeepers, creating a visible public profile, and maintaining ongoing recruitment activities were essential to success.
Dorothy E Nary; Katherine Froehlich-Grobe; Lauren Aaronson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural     Date:  2010-10-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Contemporary clinical trials     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1559-2030     ISO Abbreviation:  Contemp Clin Trials     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-07     Completed Date:  2011-06-01     Revised Date:  2013-12-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101242342     Medline TA:  Contemp Clin Trials     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  188-95     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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MeSH Terms
Advertising as Topic
Age Factors
Disabled Persons
Middle Aged
Mobility Limitation
Patient Dropouts
Patient Selection*
Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic / methods*
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