Recruitment challenges and strategies: Lessons learned from an early-stage dyadic intervention (innovative practice)

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Abstract

An increasing number of family caregivers are seeking services and support due in large part to the dramatic increase in the number of older adults obtaining dementia diagnoses. This paper describes barriers and challenges experienced by our research team in recruiting early-stage dementia caregiving dyads into research studies. Effective recruitment and screening strategies to address these barriers are also discussed. Recruitment and enrollment success depends on these strategies as well as having well-trained recruitment staff who are knowledgeable about the study and have experience working with older adults, and more specifically, persons with dementia.

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