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Strategies for Research Recruitment and Retention of Older Adults of Racial and Ethnic Minorities

This article explores strategies to improve participation in cognitive aging research by older adults, particularly minority older adults. The cultural aspects of cognitive aging are examined, especially the role of stigma and stereotype threat. The perceptions of cognitive aging of African American and Hispanic older adults are also described. Specific strategies are presented that have been successfully implemented to improve recruitment and retention in research targeting minority older adults. Strategies that yielded retention of minority older adults included advertising and marketing a randomized clinical trial, media relations, intervention tailoring, and adaptation of psychometric instruments.

McDougall GJ Jr, Simpson G, Friend ML. Strategies for research recruitment and retention of older adults of racial and ethnic minorities. Journal of Gerontological Nursing 2015;41(5):14-23.

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