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Recruiting South Asians to a lifestyle intervention trial: experiences and lessons from PODOSA (Prevention of Diabetes & Obesity in South Asians)

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dc.contributor.author Douglas, Anne
dc.contributor.author Bhopal, Raj S.
dc.contributor.author Bhopal, Ruby
dc.contributor.author Forbes, John F.
dc.contributor.author Gill, Jason M. R.
dc.contributor.author Lawton, Julia
dc.contributor.author McKnight, John
dc.contributor.author Murray, Gordon D.
dc.contributor.author Sattar, Naveed
dc.contributor.author Sharma, Anu
dc.contributor.author Tuomilehto, Jaakko
dc.contributor.author Wallia, Sunita
dc.contributor.author Wild, Sarah H.
dc.contributor.author Sheikh, Aziz
dc.date.accessioned 2016-04-25T11:23:35Z
dc.date.available 2016-04-25T11:23:35Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/5032
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Despite the growing emphasis on the inclusion of ethnic minority patients in research, there is little published on the recruitment of these populations especially to randomised, community based, lifestyle intervention trials in the UK. Methods: We share our experience of recruitment to screening in the PODOSA (Prevention of Diabetes and Obesity in South Asians) trial, which screened 1319 recruits (target 1800) for trial eligibility. A multi-pronged recruitment approach was used. Enrolment via the National Health Service included direct referrals from health care professionals and written invitations via general practices. Recruitment within the community was carried out by both the research team and through our partnerships with local South Asian groups and organisations. Participants were encouraged to refer friends and family throughout the recruitment period. Results: Health care professionals referred only 55 potential participants. The response to written invitations via general practitioners was 5.2%, lower than reported in other general populations. Community orientated, personal approaches for recruitment were comparatively effective yielding 1728 referrals (82%) to the screening stage. Conclusions: The PODOSA experience shows that a community orientated, personal approach for recruiting South Asian ethnic minority populations can be successful in a trial setting. We recommend that consideration is given to cover recruitment costs associated with community engagement and other personalised approaches. Researchers should consider prioritising approaches that minimise interference with professionals’ work and, particularly in the current economic climate, keep costs to a minimum. The lessons learned in PODOSA should contribute to future community based trials in South Asians. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher BioMed Central en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Trials;12: 220
dc.subject South Asians en_US
dc.subject lifestyle intervention trial en_US
dc.title Recruiting South Asians to a lifestyle intervention trial: experiences and lessons from PODOSA (Prevention of Diabetes & Obesity in South Asians) en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1186/1745-6215-12-220
dc.contributor.sponsor National Prevention Research Initiative en_US
dc.relation.projectid G0501310 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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