Recruitment and retention in clinical and experimental bereavement research: Lessons learned from creating a research registry

Eva Maria Stelzer, Lindsey M. Knowles, Da’Mere T. Wilson, Mary-Frances O'Connor

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Abstract

A small body of research investigates recruitment and retention of bereaved people in experimental and intervention research. The present study compares the effectiveness of different recruitment strategies implemented by a grief laboratory at a large state university in order to optimize recruitment efforts. The most effective method is letters sent to bereaved community members identified through online newspaper obituaries. Despite a small overall response rate, the large population from which to sample provides continuous accrual every month. Other methods include electronic/print media, community institution referrals, word of mouth and community outreach. Best practices for recruitment and retention are recommended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalDeath Studies
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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Bereavement
Registries
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Grief
Practice Guidelines
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Referral and Consultation
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  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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Recruitment and retention in clinical and experimental bereavement research : Lessons learned from creating a research registry. / Stelzer, Eva Maria; Knowles, Lindsey M.; Wilson, Da’Mere T.; O'Connor, Mary-Frances.

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