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How can we get Iraq- and Afghanistan-deployed US Veterans to participate in health-related research? Findings from a national focus group study

Article

This study examines the difficulties associated with recruiting military personnel for research projects.

Abstract

Research participant recruitment is often fraught with obstacles. Poor response rates can reduce statistical power, threaten both internal and external validity, and increase study costs and duration. Military personnel are socialized to a specific set of laws, norms, traditions, and values; their willingness to participate in research may differ from civilians. The aims of this study were to better understand the views of United States (US) Veterans who served in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)/ Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) on research and motivators for participating in research to inform recruitment for a planned observational study of respiratory health in OEF/OIF Veterans.

Full Reference

Littman, A., True, G., Ashmore, E., Wellens, T., Smith, N. (2018). How can we get Iraq- and Afghanistan-deployed US Veterans to participate in health-related research? Findings from a national focus group study, BMC Medical Research Methodology, Vol: 18, np.