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
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.
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.