Year Published: 2019

Time to Complete: 75 min

Course Type: Self-paced Online

Instructor: Sara Folta, PhD

Learning Level: Fundamental

Primary Audience: All Research Team Members

Prerequisite: None

Course Collection(s): Recruitment and Retention, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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.

Available courses

Date Location Type Price
2024 Course: Open January 1 through December 31 Online Self-paced course This Course is Free