Carol Coole email@example.com
Engaging workplace representatives in research: what recruitment strategies work best?
Coole, Carol; Nouri, F.; Narayanasamy, M.; Baker, Paul; Khan, S.; Drummond, Avril E.R.
FIONA NOURI FIONA.NOURI@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
MELANIE NARAYANASAMY MELANIE.NARAYANASAMY@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
AVRIL DRUMMOND firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor of Healthcare Research
Workplaces are key stakeholders in work and health but little is known about the methods used to recruit workplace representatives (WRs), including managers, occupational health advisers and colleagues, to externally funded healthcare research studies.
To detail the strategies used in recruiting WRs from three areas of the UK to a qualitative study concerning their experience of employees undergoing hip or knee replacement, to compare the strategies and inform recruitment methods for future studies.
Six strategies were used to recruit WRs from organizations of different sizes and sectors. Data on numbers approached and responses received were analysed descriptively.
Twenty-five WRs were recruited. Recruitment had to be extended outside the main three study areas, and took several months. It proved more difficult to recruit from non-service sectors and small- and medium-sized enterprises. The most successful strategies were approaching organizations that had participated in previous research studies, or known professionally or personally to team members.
Recruiting a diverse sample of WRs to healthcare research requires considerable resources and persistence, and a range of strategies. Recruitment is easier where local relationships already exist; the importance of building and maintaining these relationships cannot be underestimated. However, the potential risks of bias and participant fatigue need to be acknowledged and managed. Further studies are needed to explore how WRs can be recruited to health research, and to identify the researcher effort and costs involved in achieving unbiased and representative samples.
Coole, C., Nouri, F., Narayanasamy, M., Baker, P., Khan, S., & Drummond, A. E. (2018). Engaging workplace representatives in research: what recruitment strategies work best?. Occupational Medicine, 68(4), https://doi.org/10.1093/occmed/kqy047
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Feb 6, 2018|
|Online Publication Date||Mar 20, 2018|
|Publication Date||May 23, 2018|
|Deposit Date||Mar 28, 2018|
|Publicly Available Date||Mar 21, 2019|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||Employers, recruitment, research methods, work, workplaces|
|Copyright Statement||Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf|
|Additional Information||This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in [insert journal title] following peer review. The version of record C Coole, F Nouri, M Narayanasamy, P Baker, S Khan, A Drummond; Engaging workplace representatives in research: what recruitment strategies work best?, Occupational Medicine, kqy047 is available online at: https://academic.oup.co.../occmed/kqy047/4945432.|
Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf
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