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Recruiting and retaining older persons within a home‐based pilot study using movement sensors

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In this paper, we report on key aspects of recruiting and retaining a small group of community dwelling older adults in to a study, piloting motion sensors in their homes for 8 weeks. This was to further understanding of older adults’ falls at home. We consider our recruitment strategy in terms of informed consent and non‐exploitation; planning and explaining, and our retention strategy in terms of communicating and recording and pacing and sharing data. Offering reflective analyses of our challenges and strategies may help develop skills that maximise the involvement of older adults in research, particularly technologies related research, whilst at the same time ensuring inclusive and non‐exploitative research relationships.
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Keywords: falls; home‐based technologies; independent living; older adults; recruitment and retention

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Ethnographic Research Unit, Technology Research for Independent Living (TRIL), Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, National University Ireland, Galway, Ireland 2: TRIL Centre, Hospital 4, St James Hospital, Dublin, Ireland

Publication date: January 1, 2011

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