Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging

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Recruitment and Retention in Aging Research

  • Karina Orozco-Rocha
  • Alejandra Michaels-Obregon
  • Rebeca WongEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_811-1



Recruiting older adults to participate as subjects in research studies is critical, particularly in specific populations. A relatively high proportion of older adults agree to participate in population-based research studies, and their participation tends to be higher in those with older age (Sonnega et al. 2014; Wong et al. 2017a). Moreover, retention of older adults in research studies is relatively favorable, as most researchers find that, once recruited, older adults are less likely than younger persons to drop out of the research project (Orozco et al. 2018). In longitudinal studies of aging research, the goal is to follow older adults prospectively as they age. Once the study subjects are recruited, considerable efforts are made to minimize attrition or losses over time because, in population-based research, the losses may jeopardize the initial sample’s representation of the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karina Orozco-Rocha
    • 1
  • Alejandra Michaels-Obregon
    • 2
  • Rebeca Wong
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Faculty of EconomicsUniversidad de ColimaColimaMexico
  2. 2.Sealy Center on AgingUniversity of Texas Medical BranchGalvestonUSA
  3. 3.University of Texas Medical Branch, University BoulevardGalvestonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kenneth C. Land
    • 1
  • Anthony R. Bardo
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA