Recruitment and enrollment of caregivers for a lifestyle physical activity clinical trial

Caryn Diane Etkin*, Carol J. Farran, Lisa L. Barnes, Raj C. Shah

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This article presents the efficacy of the recruitment framework used for a clinical trial with sedentary family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease. An integrated social marketing approach with principles of community-based participatory research provided the theoretical framework for organizing recruitment activities. This multi-pronged approach meant that caregivers were identified from a range of geographic locations and numerous sources including a federally funded Alzheimer's disease center, health care providers, community based and senior organizations, and broad-based media. Study enrollment projections were exceeded by 11% and resulted in enrolling n=211 caregivers into this clinical trial. We conclude that social marketing and community-based approaches provide a solid foundation for organizing recruitment activities for clinical trials with older adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70-81
Number of pages12
JournalResearch in Nursing and Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2012


  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Clinical trial
  • Family caregiving
  • Participant recruitment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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