Strategies to recruit and retain college smokers in cessation trials†
Article first published online: 1 MAR 2010
Copyright © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 33, Issue 2, pages 144–155, April 2010
How to Cite
Davidson, M. M., Cronk, N. J., Harris, K. J., Harrar, S., Catley, D. and Good, G. E. (2010), Strategies to recruit and retain college smokers in cessation trials. Res. Nurs. Health, 33: 144–155. doi: 10.1002/nur.20372
The project described was supported by Award Number R01CA107191 from the National Cancer Institute. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Cancer Institute or the National Institutes of Health.
- Issue published online: 12 MAR 2010
- Article first published online: 1 MAR 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 8 JAN 2010
- clinical trial;
- smoking cessation
Techniques to recruit and retain college fraternity and sorority members who reported past 30-day smoking into a cessation trial are described. Recruitment efforts included relationship-building, raffles, and screening survey administration during existing meetings. Surveys were administered to 76% (n = 3,276) of members in 30 chapters, 79% of eligible members agreed to participate, and 76% of those completed assessments and were enrolled in the trial (n = 452). The retention rate was 73%. Retention efforts included cash incentives, flexible scheduling, multiple reminders, chapter incentives, and use of chapter members as study personnel. Retention was not related to demographic, behavioral, or group characteristics. The strategies of partnership, convenience, and flexibility appear effective and may prove useful to investigators recruiting similar samples. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 33:144–155, 2010