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Recruitment and Retention in Minority Populations

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Recruitment and Retention in Minority Populations

SKU# 9780826113757

Lessons Learned in Conducting Research on Health Promotion and Minority Aging


  • Sue E. Levkoff ScD
  • Thomas R. Prohaska PhD
  • Patricia Flynn Weitzman PhD, MPH
  • Marcia G. Ory PhD, MPH


Despite projections of significant growth in older minority populations, researchers have little more than surface-level appreciation of how cultural factors will shape mental and physical health outcomes. This volume is part of a new wave of studies designed to address the issue of recruiting and retaining minority elders for participation in research studies.

The authors highlight the strengths and weaknesses of a wide array of research designs, ranging from small, in-depth qualitative studies to randomized, controlled behavioral interventions. Several chapters focus on successes with African American, Chinese American, and Mexican American elders. The practical advice contained herein will have great appeal to those working to advance the field of gerontological research.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date April 26, 2000
  • Page Count 112
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826113757
  • EISBN 9780826116598

Table of Contents 

Preface, Sue E. Levkoff, Thomas R. Prohaska, Patricia Flynn Weitzman, and Marcia G. Ory
A National Program to Enhance Research on Minority Aging and Health Promotion, Marcia G. Ory, Paula Darby Lipman, Robin Barr, J. Taylor Harden, and Sidney M. Stahl
Promoting Minority Health Research at the National Institute of Health, John Ruffin
Recruiting Older Women and Minority Members Into Clinical Trials: An Important Goal for Researchers, Vivian W. Pinn
Contributions of Behavioral and Social Research to Recruitment and Retention of Minority Populations: A Commentary, Norman B. Anderson
Special Articles
Recruiting African Americans for Health Studies: Lessons From the Drew-RAND Center on Health and Aging, Stacey Sinclair, Phyllis Hayes-Reams, Hector F. Myers, Walter Allen, Jennifer Hawes-Dawson, and Raynard Kington
Recruitment of Older African Americans Into Church-Based Exercise Programs, Thomas R. Prohaska, Jacqueline Walcott-McQuigg, Karen E. Peters, and Min Li
Predicting Retention for Older African Americans in a Community Study and a Clinical Study: Does Anything Work? Shawna V. Hudson, Howard Leventhal, Richard Contrada, Elaine A. Leventhal, and Susan Brownlee
Health Promotion Research With Mexican American Elders: Matching Approaches to Settings at the Mediator- and Micro-Levels of Recruitment, Helen P. Hazuda, Meghan Gerety, John W. Williams, Jr., Valerie Lawrence, Walter Calmbach, and Cynthia Mulrow
Minority Populations and Psychophysiologic Research: Challenges in Trust Building and Recruitment, Maya McNeilly, Marc Musick, Jaye R. Efland, Jannie T. Baughman, Paul S. Toth, Terry D. Saulter, Lekeisha Sumner, Andrew Sherwood, Patricia Flynn Weitzman, Sue E. Levkoff, Redford B. Williams, and Norman B. Anderson
The Power of Labels: Recruiting Dementia-Affected Chinese American Elders and Their Caregivers, Zibin Guo, Becca R. Levy, W. Ladson Hinton, Patricia Flynn Weitzman, and Sue E. Levkoff