Culturally Sensitive Approaches to Recruitment and Retention of Hispanics in the National Lung Screening Trial
Journal of immigrant and minority health / Center for Minority Public Health | 20 Jun 2013
SL Tenorio, CI O'Donnell, J Hernandez, HM Rozjabek, D Lynch and PM Marcus
Hispanics are underrepresented in medical research. At the National Lung Screening Trial’s University of Colorado Denver screening center, traditional recruitment methods resulted in enrollment of few Hispanics. In response, the center adopted culturally sensitive recruitment techniques, including use of carefully-crafted bilingual materials. Bilingual interviewers were hired, and persons familiar with culture and language of groups of different Hispanic origin were consulted. Representation of Hispanics among participants enrolled at the Colorado center increased nearly threefold, from 3.3 to 9.4 %, after adoption of these methods. In this manuscript, we report on the specialized recruitment methods that were developed and how they were used to address known barriers to Hispanic recruitment.
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