Physician recruitment for a community-based smoking cessation intervention.

Elyse R. Park, Nancy A. MacDonald Gross, Michael G. Goldstein, Judith D. DePue, Jacklyn P. Hecht, Cheryl A. Eaton, Raymond Niaura, Catherine E. Dube

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OBJECTIVE: Our goal was to describe a strategy to recruit a population-based sample of physicians into a trial to test an approach to disseminate physician-delivered smoking cessation interventions. STUDY DESIGN: The 3-phase population-based recruitment trial included: (1) a print-based promotional appeal, (2) in-person presentations with by the principal investigator (PI), and (3) follow-up calls by the PI and paid physician recruiters. Participation requirements were kept minimal to facilitate recruitment. POPULATION: All primary care physicians statewide were targeted; 3 counties were chosen as intervention areas and 2 counties as control areas. A subsample of physicians was targeted in the larger control areas through a matching process. OUTCOME MEASURED: We measured physician recruitment rate. RESULTS: Eighty-one percent (n=259) of all eligible physicians were successfully recruited into our study. CONCLUSIONS: The full multistep process was important in getting participation agreement. By using an intensive recruitment strategy and minimizing research demands, it is possible to recruit community-based primary care physicians for research projects that will help them enhance the preventive services they provide to their patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70
Number of pages1
JournalThe Journal of family practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice


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