Journal article

Why families choose not to participate in research: Feedback from non-responders

Rachel Barratt, Penny Levickis, Geraldine Naughton, Bibi Gerner, Kay Gibbons



AIM: Subjects who did not respond to an invitation to participate in a community-based randomised controlled trial for childhood obesity in Melbourne, Australia were approached to investigate reasons for non-participation. METHODS: Between January and September 2007, 305 families were sent a brief questionnaire and invited to take part in the current study. Thirty-seven questionnaires were returned and 12 parents agreed to a follow-up interview. Questionnaire data were quantitatively analysed. The interviews were conducted via the telephone and provided detailed qualitative information on non-participation. RESULTS: Lack of time was cited as a main reason for non-participation. Different asp..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The current study was funded by a grant from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Healthy Development Theme. The LEAP2 study was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant (number 334309). We would like to acknowledge the participating parents who took part in this study. We would also like to thank the other contributing members of the LEAP2 team, without whom this study would not have been possible: Assoc Prof Melissa Wake, Prof Louise Baur, Ms Lisa Gold, Prof Jane Gunn, Dr Zoe McCallum, Dr Colin Riess, Dr Lena Sanci and Ms Helen Cahill.