Recruiting community-dwelling elderly at risk for physical disability into exercise research

Marcia S. Marx*, Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, Jack M. Guralnik

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Abstract

The article describes the process of identifying 100 community-dwelling elderly adults at risk for physical disability, yet not functionally disabled, for participation in a research project to develop appropriate exercise programs for at-risk elderly. Over a period of 14 months, initial contact was made with 941 older adults, 11% of whom (101 people) were eligible for and willing to complete all stages of the study protocol. The most successful recruitment strategies were a mass mailing followed by a telephone call and advertising in a newspaper with a large circulation (rather than a local paper). Aspects of the recruitment and retention of study participants are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-241
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Geriatric
  • Participant retention
  • Physically frail
  • Recruitment strategies

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