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Table 2 Key messages for recruitment of older people to trials

From: Recruiting older people to a randomised controlled dietary intervention trial - how hard can it be?

Set realistic recruitment targets
Include time for setting up recruitment initiatives
Include time for screening
Include time for known periods when recruitment might be lower (holidays, seasonal differences, annual leave)
Reassess recruitment strategy once the study as started and be prepared to change accordingly
Be aware of individual participant needs
Where possible use the same researcher to assess the participant throughout the study
Where ever possible include all suitable recruits/avoid recruitment bias