Re-recruiting postpartum women living with HIV into a follow-up study in Cape Town, South Africa

 

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dc.contributor.author Mogoba, Phepo
dc.contributor.author Gomba, Yolanda
dc.contributor.author Brittain, Kirsty
dc.contributor.author Phillips, Tamsin K
dc.contributor.author Zerbe, Allison
dc.contributor.author Myer, Landon
dc.contributor.author Abrams, Elaine J
dc.date.accessioned 2019-12-10T09:08:39Z
dc.date.available 2019-12-10T09:08:39Z
dc.date.issued 2019-07-26
dc.identifier.citation BMC Research Notes. 2019 Jul 26;12(1):461
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-019-4509-4
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/30686
dc.description.abstract Abstract Objective Recruitment and retention present major challenges to longitudinal research in maternal and child health, yet there are few insights into optimal strategies that can be employed in low-resource settings. Following prior participation in a longitudinal study following women living with HIV through pregnancy and breastfeeding in Cape Town, women were re-contacted at least 18 months after the last study contact and were invited to attend an additional follow-up visit. We describe lessons learnt and offer recommendations for a multiphase recruitment approach. Results Using telephone calls, home visits, clinic tracing and Facebook/WhatsApp messages, we located 387 of the 463 eligible women and successfully enrolled 353 (91% of those contacted). Phone calls were the most successful strategy, yielding 67% of enrolments. Over half of the women had changed their contact information since participation in the previous study. We recommend that researchers collect multiple contact details and use several recruitment strategies in parallel from the start of a study. Participants in longitudinal studies may require frequent contact to update contact information, particularly in settings where mobility is common.
dc.subject Recruitment
dc.subject Retention
dc.subject Postpartum
dc.subject HIV
dc.subject South Africa
dc.title Re-recruiting postpartum women living with HIV into a follow-up study in Cape Town, South Africa
dc.type Journal Article
dc.date.updated 2019-07-28T06:02:35Z
dc.language.rfc3066 en
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dc.identifier.apacitation Mogoba, P., Gomba, Y., Brittain, K., Phillips, T. K., Zerbe, A., Myer, L., & Abrams, E. J. (2019). Re-recruiting postpartum women living with HIV into a follow-up study in Cape Town, South Africa. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/30686 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Mogoba, Phepo, Yolanda Gomba, Kirsty Brittain, Tamsin K Phillips, Allison Zerbe, Landon Myer, and Elaine J Abrams "Re-recruiting postpartum women living with HIV into a follow-up study in Cape Town, South Africa." (2019) http://hdl.handle.net/11427/30686 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Mogoba P, Gomba Y, Brittain K, Phillips TK, Zerbe A, Myer L, et al. Re-recruiting postpartum women living with HIV into a follow-up study in Cape Town, South Africa. 2019; http://hdl.handle.net/11427/30686. en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Journal Article AU - Mogoba, Phepo AU - Gomba, Yolanda AU - Brittain, Kirsty AU - Phillips, Tamsin K AU - Zerbe, Allison AU - Myer, Landon AU - Abrams, Elaine J AB - Abstract Objective Recruitment and retention present major challenges to longitudinal research in maternal and child health, yet there are few insights into optimal strategies that can be employed in low-resource settings. Following prior participation in a longitudinal study following women living with HIV through pregnancy and breastfeeding in Cape Town, women were re-contacted at least 18 months after the last study contact and were invited to attend an additional follow-up visit. We describe lessons learnt and offer recommendations for a multiphase recruitment approach. Results Using telephone calls, home visits, clinic tracing and Facebook/WhatsApp messages, we located 387 of the 463 eligible women and successfully enrolled 353 (91% of those contacted). Phone calls were the most successful strategy, yielding 67% of enrolments. Over half of the women had changed their contact information since participation in the previous study. We recommend that researchers collect multiple contact details and use several recruitment strategies in parallel from the start of a study. Participants in longitudinal studies may require frequent contact to update contact information, particularly in settings where mobility is common. DA - 2019-07-26 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town KW - Recruitment KW - Retention KW - Postpartum KW - HIV KW - South Africa LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PY - 2019 T1 - Re-recruiting postpartum women living with HIV into a follow-up study in Cape Town, South Africa TI - Re-recruiting postpartum women living with HIV into a follow-up study in Cape Town, South Africa UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/30686 ER - en_ZA


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