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J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2004 Dec;13(10):1137-47.

Recruitment of minority women and their main sexual partners in an HIV/STI prevention trial.

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Social Intervention Group, Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, New York 10027, USA. ssw12@columbia.edu

Abstract

Recruiting heterosexual couples into randomized clinical trials (RCTs) to test the efficacy of HIV/sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention interventions is a challenge that requires innovative strategies and consideration of ethical issues, including participant safety and confidentiality.

METHODS:

This paper provides a brief review of the literature on minority and couple RCT recruitment and describes the development (preparation phase and protocol development) and implementation (strategies employed and barriers) of a recruitment protocol that safely enrolled 217 predominantly African American and Latino heterosexual couples into a relationship-based, HIV/STI prevention study.

RESULTS:

The success of this recruitment protocol with no reported adverse events demonstrates the feasibility of engaging urban minority women and men in RCTs. This study builds on a small literature base articulating specific couple recruitment strategies.

CONCLUSION:

More research delineating and testing specific strategies for recruiting defined populations into clinical trials is needed to advance the science of study recruitment and improve generalizability of research findings.

PMID:
15650347
DOI:
10.1089/jwh.2004.13.1137
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