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Promoting Retention: African American Older Adults in a Research Volunteer Registry

This study evaluated the ability of a registry of research volunteers to retain African-American older adults and to explore the demographic and health factors associated with retention. Researchers analyzed data for 1,730 adults enrolled in the Healthier Black Elders Center (HBEC) research registry. They found an increased likelihood of retention was associated with employment, being referred to research studies, a higher number of medical conditions, and more follow-up contacts. A decreased likelihood of retention was associated with older age, more months in the registry, and more mobility problems.

Hall LN, Ficker LJ, Chadiha LA, et al. Promoting retention: African American older adults in a research volunteer registry. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine 2016;2:2:2333721416677469.

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