Year Published: 2019

Time to Complete: 75 min

Instructor: Sara Folta, PhD

Learning Level: Fundamental

Primary Audience: Research Team

Prerequisite: None

Skills Domain: Study and Site Management

Why is it important to include older adults in research, and how can it improve your study?

Why is it important to include older adults in research, and how can it improve your study? NIH’s new policy on Inclusion Across the Lifespan went into effect January 2019 requiring the inclusion of people of all ages in research studies. In this course, you will find out the scientific and ethical reasoning behind this policy change, especially as it pertains to the inclusion of older adults in research, and learn strategies and best practices for recruiting and retaining older adults in research studies. Led by Director of Integrating Underrepresented Populations in Research at the Tufts University Clinical and Translational Research Center, Sara C. Folta, PhD, this course consists of didactic lectures and an interview highlighting a stakeholder perspective. Investigators drafting a recruitment plan relevant to this population or new to the inclusion of older populations in research are encouraged to take this course.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of including older adult populations in research
  • Describe population-specific challenges that hinder the participation of older adults in research
  • Discuss strategies to increase and sustain the enrollment of older adults populations in research
  • Articulate the importance of creating a robust recruitment plan in the early stage of study planning
  • Recognize the elements of an effective recruitment plan

Content Outline

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Recruitment of Older Adults in Research

Barriers to Recruitment

  • Participant Related Barriers to Recruiting Older Adults in Research 
  • Investigator Related Barriers to Recruiting Older Adults in Research
  • Trial Related Barriers to Recruiting Older Adults in Research
  • Reading: Challenges in Involving People with Dementia as Study Participants in Research on Care and Services

Strategies for Recruitment

  • Evidence Based Strategies to Improve Recruitment
  • Acute Hospital Care or Rehabilitation Units to Recruit Older Adults in Research
  • Working with Primary Care to Recruit Older Adults in Research
  • Recruiting Older Adults with Mental Incapacity in Research
  • Communication Strategies for Recruiting Older Adults in Research
  • Community and Social Engagement to Recruit Older Adults in Research
  • The VIVE Study Success Stories of Recruiting Older Adults in Research
  • Key Questions to Guide Recruitment Planning at the Pre Award Stage

Planning for Recruitment

  • Example Frameworks for Recruitment Planning
  • Recruiting Older Adults into Research (ROAR) Toolkit Overview and User Guide

Retention of Older Adults in Research

  • Retention of Older Adults in Research Definition and Rationale
  • Physical Barriers to Retaining Older Adults in Research
  • Psychological Barriers to Retaining Older Adults in Research
  • Communication Barriers to Retaining Older Adults in Research
  • The LIFE Study Success Stories of Retaining Older Adults in Research

Advice from a Patient Stakeholder

  • Arthritis Research Participation
  • How the Study Team Kept Me Engaged
  • Advice for the Research Team and Other Research Participants

Resources

  • Lecture Slide Deck (PDF)
  • Bibliography
  • Tufts CTSI Recruitment and Retention Support Unit (RRSU)
  • Request RRSU Services

Course Evaluation

  • Post-Course Evaluation
  • Course Completion Verification
 This Course is Free