Community Mental Health Journal

, 45:137

Eligibility, Recruitment, and Retention of African Americans with Severe Mental Illness in Community Research

  • Michelle DeCoux Hampton
  • Mary C. White
  • Linda Chafetz
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10597-008-9162-7

Cite this article as:
Hampton, M.D., White, M.C. & Chafetz, L. Community Ment Health J (2009) 45: 137. doi:10.1007/s10597-008-9162-7


Data that addresses severely mentally ill (SMI) African Americans (AAs) likelihood to participate in clinical research is limited. This study’s purpose was to determine if differences exist between races regarding eligibility, recruitment, and retention in a community-based clinical trial. The sample included 293 participants. Data sources included clinical records and interviews. Logistic regression was used for analysis. AAs were as likely to participate and to complete followup interviews as Whites. In contrast to studies about non-mentally ill AAs, AAs with SMI appeared to be as willing to consent to and to remain in clinical research studies as Whites.


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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michelle DeCoux Hampton
    • 1
  • Mary C. White
    • 2
  • Linda Chafetz
    • 3
  1. 1.School of NursingSamuel Merritt CollegeOaklandUSA
  2. 2.Department of Community Health SystemsUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA
  3. 3.Department of Community Health SystemsUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA