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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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
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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