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Gerontologist. 2011 Jun;51 Suppl 1:S134-41. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnq098. Epub 2010 Dec 20.

An interdisciplinary outreach model of African American recruitment for Alzheimer's disease research.

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  • 1Division of Geriatrics and Nutritional Science, Washington University School of Medicine, 4488 Forest Park Avenue, Suite 201, St Louis, MO 63108, USA. mwilliam@dom.wustl.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The African American Outreach Satellite (Satellite) provides educational outreach to facilitate African American recruitment for longitudinal studies at the Washington University Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC). This descriptive article characterizes the Satellite's recruitment methods, plan for community engagement, results of recruitment efforts, and potential for replication.

DESIGN AND METHODS:

The Satellite developed a comprehensive outreach and recruitment plan that identifies and addresses barriers to research participation. The Satellite conducts community outreach and recruitment programs and training for health care providers.

RESULTS:

Enrollment of cognitively healthy and mildly demented African Americans for participation in all ADRC studies increased following implementation of the recruitment plan. Current African American participation rates for ADRC studies include 39% for lumbar puncture, 43% for positron emission tomography with Pittsburgh Compound-B, 52% for magnetic resonance imaging, 95% for apolipoprotein E genotype testing, and 100% for clinical and cognitive assessment.

IMPLICATIONS:

The Satellite reduces barriers to research participation, encourages retention through sustained interactions with participants and their families, and develops lasting partnerships with community organizations and health professionals who care for African American elders.

PMID:
21173436
PMCID:
PMC3092972
DOI:
10.1093/geront/gnq098
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