Factors associated with participation in cancer prevention and control studies among rural Appalachian women

Corinne R. Leach, Nancy E. Schoenberg, Jennifer Hatcher

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Abstract

Rural Appalachian women bear a disproportionate burden from many types of cancer yet often are underrepresented in cancer research. This article uses 2 case studies to illustrate barriers faced and strategies used when recruiting hard-to-reach rural participants. Recruitment barriers include the population's competing demands and lack of trust of outsiders. Strategies employed include involving insider advocates, highlighting the positive experiences of early participants, spending extensive time in the community, and emphasizing potential community benefits of the study. We suggest recruitment strategies to better involve rural women and others who, by virtue of being "hard-to-reach," often are overlooked.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-125
Number of pages7
JournalFamily and Community Health
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2011

Keywords

  • Appalachian region
  • early detection of cancer
  • research subject recruitment
  • rural health
  • women's health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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