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Viva Bien: Overcoming Recruitment Challenges in a Multiple-Risk-Factor Diabetes Trial

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Objectives : To describe recruitment of Latinas in a randomized clinical trial conducted within 2 health care organizations.

Methods : The study relied on project-initiated telephone calls as part of a multifaceted recruitment approach. Chi-square and t tests were conducted to compare participants and nonparticipants on a number of variables.

Results : From 4045 telephone contacts, 280 Latinas agreed to participate. Most were ineligible due to non-Latino ethnicity (89). Of eligible candidates, 61 took part. Few significant differences were found on participant vs nonparticipant characteristics.

Conclusions : Using appropriate recruitment procedures, a representative sample of Latinas can be obtained.
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Keywords: Latinas; diabetes; heart disease; multiple health behaviors; participation

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1 Senior Research Scientist, Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, OR.

Publication date: 2010-07-01

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