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Strategies for the Recruitment and Retention of Youth with Type 2 Diabetes into Clinical Studies

Thursday, October 11, 2012 — Poster Session III

10:00 a.m. – Noon

Natcher Conference Center, Building 45




  • T.T. Nguyen
  • VK Jayadeva
  • RJ Brown
  • R Nandagopal
  • LM Rodriguez
  • KI Rother


Clinical studies in youths with type 2 diabetes have generally been hampered by difficult recruitment, as documented by our own experience at three clinical centers. We therefore 1) examined recruitment and retention strategies utilized in clinical trials in youths with conditions other than type 2 diabetes, and 2) explored whether these strategies may be applicable to our patients. Reviewed strategies included monetary and material incentives, technology-based advertising, word-of-mouth referral, and continuous patient-research team contact. Cellular or Internet technology appeared most successful in improving participation among youths in studies investigating various chronic conditions and social behaviors. It may also be necessary to change the traditional setting of clinical trials, thus performing follow-up visits before and after typical working hours and in locations other than in medical facilities, which are more convenient for the patients and their families.

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