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Overcoming barriers to recruitment in health research: Concerns of potential participants need to be dealt with

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 17 August 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:398
  1. Iain K Crombie, professor of public health (,
  2. Marion E T McMurdo, head, section of ageing and health,
  3. Linda Irvine, research fellow,
  4. Brian Williams, senior lecturer in behavioural sciences
  1. Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY
  2. Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY
  3. Section of Public Health, Division of Community Health Sciences, University of Dundee, Dundee DD2 4BF

    EDITOR—Hewison and Haines discuss recruitment procedures as barriers to participation in research on health.1 We explored this as part of a survey of the attitudes of older people to physical activity.2

    Altogether 887 people aged 65-84 were invited by a letter from their general practitioner to participate in a home interview study. They also received an information leaflet …

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