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Oncol Nurs Forum. 2010 May;37(3):E160-7. doi: 10.1188/10.ONF.E160-E167.

Evaluation of conceptual framework for recruitment of African American patients with breast cancer.

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Cancer Prevention and Control Program, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA. heineys@mailbox.sc.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES:

To describe the Heiney-Adams Recruitment Framework (H-ARF); to delineate a recruitment plan for a randomized, behavioral trial (RBT) based on H-ARF; and to provide evaluation data on its implementation.

DATA SOURCES:

All data for this investigation originated from a recruitment database created for an RBT designed to test the effectiveness of a therapeutic group convened via teleconference for African American women with breast cancer.

DATA SYNTHESIS:

Major H-ARF concepts include social marketing and relationship building. The majority of social marketing strategies yielded 100% participant recruitment. Greater absolute numbers were recruited via Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act waivers. Using H-ARF yielded a high recruitment rate (66%).

CONCLUSIONS:

Application of H-ARF led to successful recruitment in an RBT. The findings highlight three areas that researchers should consider when devising recruitment plans: absolute numbers versus recruitment rate, cost, and efficiency with institutional review board-approved access to protected health information.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING:

H-ARF may be applied to any clinical or population-based research setting because it provides direction for researchers to develop a recruitment plan based on the target audience and cultural attributes that may hinder or help recruitment.

PMID:
20439201
PMCID:
PMC2946071
DOI:
10.1188/10.ONF.E160-E167
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