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Recruitment and Retention of Latino Children in a Lifestyle Intervention

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Objective : To describe promising recruitment and retention strategies for transient Latino populations, assisting investigators who work with this population in their research design and implementation.

Methods : Strategies in recruitment and retention from a year-long intervention in children and their families are described.

Results : Of the 159 families who agreed to participate in the program, 123 parent-child dyads were enrolled. Retention rates were 59 in the control group, 67 in the intervention group.

Conclusion : Building and maintaining relationships between a consistent study team contact and participants promote strong recruitment and retention outcomes. Barriers such as child care and transportation must be minimized.

Keywords: Latinos; children; minority health; patient selection

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Project Manager, WFUSMYWCA Collaborative, Public Health Sciences-Epidemiology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC.

Publication date: 2009-09-01

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