Journal article

Community-based recruitment strategies for a longitudinal interventional study: the VECAT experience

SKM Garrett, AP Thomas, FM Cicuttini, C Silagy, HR Taylor, JJ McNeil

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL EPIDEMIOLOGY | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2000

Abstract

This article examines different recruitment strategies for the VECAT Study, a 4-year, double-masked, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial of vitamin E in the prevention of cataract and age-related maculopathy. Five recruitment methods were employed: newspaper advertising, radio advertising, approaches to community groups, approaches via general practices, and an electoral roll mail-out. Participants (1204) from the community in Melbourne, Australia were recruited and enrolled within 15 months (age range: 55-80 years, mean 66 years; gender ratio: 57% female, 43% male). The electoral roll mail-out and newspaper advertising were the most efficient methods of recruitment in terms of abs..

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