An innovative approach to recruiting homebound older adults

Nelma B. Crawford Shearer, Julie Fleury, Michael Belyea

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Recruiting older adults to participate in intervention research is essential for advancing the science in this field. Developing a relevant recruitment plan responsive to the unique needs of the population before beginning a project is critical to the success of a research study. This article describes our experiences in the process of recruiting homebound older adults to test a community-based health empowerment intervention. In our study, the trust and partnership that existed between the research team and Community Action Agency facilitated the role of the home-delivered meal drivers as a trusted and untapped resource for study recruitment. Researchers can benefit from thinking creatively and developing meaningful partnerships when conducting research with older adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-17
Number of pages7
JournalResearch in Gerontological Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Gerontology
  • Health Policy
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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