Recruitment challenges: Finding couples for a qualitative study on unintended pregnancy
Methods: Details of recruitment strategies, as well as utility and success will be reported. Recruitment topics include but are not limited to strengthening prior community connections, expanding, couple compensation, targeted use of Craig's List, employing a modified snowball technique and pre-interview check in procedures.
Results: Recruitment strategies helped surpass the goal of 10 couples. Data saturation was achieved after 15 couples were interviewed. Of those couples, 37% were from diverse groups.
Conclusions: Lessons learned were the importance of building on prior professional relationships; respectful prescreening of the couples and the planning the interviews around the couples' needs built trust; and the couples were eager to share their experiences. Although this was a qualitative study, ample inclusion of couples from diverse communities strengthened our results. Our innovative recruitment and engagement of diverse couples is an important step to assuring the design of more effective interventions for reproductive planning.
Learning Areas:Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Social and behavioral sciences
Describe novel recruitment methods for couples’ research Discuss a successful couple screening tool Explore issues involved in recruitment of diverse populations
Keyword(s): Reproductive Health Research, Challenges and Opportunities
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have broad background in womenâs health, practicing as a Nurse Midwife for over 35 years. My past and current research uses both quantitative and qualitative methods. My dissertation was quantitative research utilizing a lifecourse framework to assess factors prior to pregnancy that contributed to racial disparities in low birth weight. I was a CoPI on the Massachusetts Midwifery Workforce Study. Recently, I have been a CoPI and PI on several qualitative studies.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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