Abstract ID: 3391

Primary Topic: Integrative Health and the Underserved
Secondary Topic: Research Methodology

Research Recruitment Strategies for Undeserved Patients; Lessons Learned
Paula Gardiner, MD, MPH; Myles Spar, MD; Robert B. Saper, MD MPH; Benjamin Kligler, MD, MPH; Iniya Rajendran, MD, , Boston, MA, United States

Late Breaker: No

Overview

Low income racially diverse patients are a historically challenging population for research recruitment. Yet, integrative medicine research is taking place in community health centers and safety net hospitals around the country. This panel will present several viewpoints about their recruitment strategies. Speakers include viewpoints from both: a Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) and representatives from two randomized controlled trials funded from PCORI.  This panel will share methods and strategies in overcoming barriers related to recruitment of this patient population. Methods will include: provider referral, warm handoffs (face to face encounters with a research assistant during a clinical session), targeted letters, and self-referral after seeing flyers, or using patient incentives such as gift cards. Our three sites with discuss our challenges and successes with recruitment methods and using patient incentives.

Rationale

Low income racially diverse patients are a challenging population for research recruitment. Yet, integrative medicine research is taking place in community health centers and safety net hospitals around the country. We will represent three different institutions and different types of recruitment methods.

Objectives

  • List three strategies to recruit low income racially diverse patients
  • Describe to an IRB agent why these strategies are necessary and unique human subject’s protections 
  • Identify existing low literacy resources available for recruitment on the internet

Methods/Session Format

  1. Introduction to the challenges working with low income racially diverse patients - 5 min
  2. 15 minutes each site
    • Albert Einstein Medical School
    • Venice Family Clinic’s Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center
    • Boston Medical Center
  3. Discussion (10 minutes)

Outline

  1. Introduction to the challenges working with low income racially diverse patients 
  2. Discussion of recruitment strategies used in the PCORI funded Acupuncture Approaches to Decrease Disparities in Outcomes of Pain Treatment- A Two Arm Comparative Effectiveness Trial
  3. Discussion of recruitment strategies for BraveNet – Practice Based Research Network
  4. Discussion of recruitment strategies used in the PCORI funded Integrative Medical Group Visit randomized controlled trial
  5. Large group discussion and questions from audience