Recruitment of study subjects who are representative of community members is difficult. We describe our experience with a novel approach to subject recruitment for consideration by other investigators involved in community-based research.
We collaborated with a pediatric call center to recruit subjects for a study to evaluate whether a telephone coaching program for parents of young children with persistent asthma would reduce asthma morbidity. The call center provided weekend and evening coverage for 182 primary care pediatricians (85 000 calls per year and 6000 asthma calls per year). To meet study deadlines and the requirements of our institutional review board, we sequentially developed and implemented several recruitment strategies. The investigators completed eligibility screening and enrollment during a subsequent telephone interview.
Sterkel R, Banister C, Bruns J, Wells S, Swerczek L, Epstein J, Bloomberg G, Garbutt JM. Collaboration With Pediatric Call Centers for Patient Recruitment. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2009;163(6):588-589. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2009.73