Recruitment and Retention in Minority Populations: Lessons by Sue E. Levkoff ScD, Thomas R. Prohaska PhD, Patricia Flynn

By Sue E. Levkoff ScD, Thomas R. Prohaska PhD, Patricia Flynn Weitzman PhD MPH, Marcia G. Ory PhD MPH

Regardless of projections of vital development in older minority populations, researchers have little greater than surface-level appreciation of the way cultural components will form psychological and actual healthiness results. This quantity is a part of a brand new wave of reports designed to handle the problem of recruiting and keeping minority elders for participation in examine reviews. The authors spotlight the strengths and weaknesses of a wide range of analysis designs, starting from small, in-depth qualitative stories to randomized, managed behavioral interventions. a number of chapters specialize in successes with African American, chinese language American, and Mexican American elders. the sensible suggestion contained herein could have nice entice these operating to boost the sphere of gerontological learn.

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Levkoff, ScD, Division on Aging, Harvard University, 643 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. Journal of Mental Health and Aging, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2000 Recruiting African Americans for Health Studies: Lessons From the Drew-RAND Center on Health and Aging Stacey Sinclair, PhD University of Virginia, Charlottesville Phyllis Hayes-Reams, MD RAND Corporation, Los Angeles Hector F. Myers, PhD UCLA, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science Los Angeles Walter Allen, PhD UCLA, Los Angeles Jennifer Hawes-Dawson, PhD RAND Corporation, Los Angeles Raynard Kington, MD, PhD RAND Corporation, Los Angeles National Center for Health Statistics, Hyattsville, MD African American elderly are underrepresented in health research.

Want to improve the life of others 3. Value research 1 . Authentic connections 2. Use of ethnography and qualitative research 3. Adapt research 4. Avoid bureaucracy 5. Rely on existing networks Enablers Matching Model of Recruitment 35 A barrier at the level of the individual researcher was the fact that some interviewers valued their own activist agendas over the research agenda. Several had been activists in the communities being studied and felt ambivalent about taking on the role of researcher.

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