Lessons learned from recruiting nursing homes to a quantitative cross-sectional pilot study
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AbstractRecruitment strategies Previous Next Lessons learned from recruiting nursing homes to a quantitative cross-sectional pilot study Vasiliki Tzouvara Research associate, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London, UK Chris Papadopoulos Senior lecturer, Institute for Health Research, University of Bedfordshire, Luton, UK Gurch Randhawa Professor of diversity in public health, Institute for Health Research, University of Bedfordshire, Luton, UK Background A growing older adult population is leading to increased admission rates to long-term care facilities such as nursing homes and residential care homes. Assisted healthcare services should be flexible, integrated, and responsive to older adults’ needs. However, there is a limited body of empirical evidence because of the recruitment challenges in these settings. Aim To describe the barriers and challenges faced in recruiting to a recent pilot study, consider previously implemented and proposed recruitment strategies, and propose a new multi-method approach to maximising recruitment of care homes. Discussion The proposed multi-method approach harnesses key recruitment strategies previously highlighted as effective in navigating the many challenges and barriers that are likely to be encountered, such as mistrust, scepticism and concerns about disruption to routines. This includes making strategic use of existing personal and professional connections within the research team, engaging with care homes that have previously engaged with the research process, forming relationships of trust, and employing a range of incentives. Conclusion Implementing carefully planned recruitment strategies is likely to improve relationships between nursing homes and researchers. As a consequence, recruitment can be augmented which can enable the production of rigorous evidence required for achieving effective nursing practice and patient wellbeing.
CitationTzouvara V, Papadopoulos C, Randhawa G (2016) 'Lessons learned from recruiting nursing homes to a quantitative cross-sectional pilot study', Nurse Researcher, 23(4):35-9