Understanding systems and rhythms for minority recruitment in intervention research

Vicki Hines-Martin, Barbara J. Speck, Barbara Stetson, Stephen W. Looney

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We describe one approach for recruitment and retention of minority individuals in intervention research using a systematic environmental perspective based on Bronfenbrenner's ecological systems (BES) model and the construct of temporality. An exemplar in a physical activity intervention study with low-income and primarily African American women is presented. The exemplar illustrates application of BES and temporality to enhance recruitment and retention in research focused on understanding and accommodating environmental influences. Using this theory based approach resulted in successful recruitment and a high level of participant retention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)657-670
Number of pages14
JournalResearch in Nursing and Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2009


  • Health disparity research
  • Minority recruitment;
  • Research methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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