US Military Service Members’ Reasons for Deciding to Participate in Health Research

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Knowledge about research participants’ decision‐making can improve recruitment and retention strategies that target specific populations and can help facilitate high‐quality research with representative samples. Researchers conducting research relevant to the health needs of military personnel often rely on US military service members to participate in their research but have reported that recruiting service members as research participants is challenging (Braun, Kennedy, Sadler, & Dixon, 2015; Bush, Sheppard, Fantelli, Bell, & Reger, 2013; Williams, Gatien, & Hagerty, 2012). Little is known about the reasons why service members decide to participate in health research studies. This study was designed to explore those reasons.
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