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Recruitment of Chinese American Elders into Dementia Research: The UCSF ADRC Experience

This article describes the results of efforts to recruit Asian Americans into longitudinal research on cognitive decline in aging. Recruitment strategies included clinics for assessment of cognitive impairment at the University of California, San Francisco campus and San Francisco’s Chinatown, lectures to local healthcare providers and community members, participation in community events, and publications in mass media. Over 200 Chinese patients were evaluated and 125 participants enrolled. Among enrollees, 36 percent were recruited from clinical service; 30 percent via word of mouth; and the rest from community lectures and events, flyers, and mass media. Researchers conclude that despite the significant cultural and linguistic barriers, Chinese-Americans can be successfully recruited into longitudinal studies of aging and cognitive impairment. Clinical services are a critical component of such an effort, and low education and other factors that may be associated with it are clear barriers to research participation.

Chao SZ, Lai NB, Tse MM, et al. Recruitment of Chinese American elders into dementia research: The UCSF ADRC experience. Gerontologist 2011;51 Suppl 1(Suppl 1):S125-33.

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