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Retaining Hispanics: Lessons from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL)

Citation

Perreira, Krista M.; Los Angeles Abreu, Maria; Zhao, Beibo; Youngblood, Marston E.; Alvarado, Cesar; Cobo, Nora; Crespo-Figueroa, Madeline; Garcia, Melawhy L.; Giachello, Aida L.; & Pattany, Maria S., et al. (Online ahead of print). Retaining Hispanics: Lessons from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL). American Journal of Epidemiology. PMCID: PMC Journal - In Process

Abstract

This study aimed to examine the retention of Hispanic/Latinos participating in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL), a prospective cohort study of 16,415 adults living in four US cities between 2008-2011. We summarized retention strategies and examined contact, response, and participation rates over five years of annual follow-up interviews. We then evaluated motivations for participation and satisfaction with retention efforts among participants who completed a second in-person interview approximately 6.5 years after their baseline interview. Finally, we estimated logistic regressions on associations of demographic, health, and interview characteristics at visit-1 with participation, high motivation, and high satisfaction at visit-2. Across 5 years, the HCHS/SOL maintained contact, response, and participation rates over 80%. The most difficult Hispanic/Latino populations to retain included young, single, US-born males with less than a high school education. At visit-2, we found high rates of motivation and satisfaction. HCHS/SOL participants primarily sought to help their community and learn more about their health. High rates of retention of Hispanics/Latinos can be facilitated through the employment of bilingual/bicultural staff and the development of culturally-tailored retention materials.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/aje/kwaa003

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

American Journal of Epidemiology

Author(s)

Perreira, Krista M.
Los Angeles Abreu, Maria
Zhao, Beibo
Youngblood, Marston E.
Alvarado, Cesar
Cobo, Nora
Crespo-Figueroa, Madeline
Garcia, Melawhy L.
Giachello, Aida L.
Pattany, Maria S.
Talavera, Ana C.
Talavera, Gregory A.

Year Published

Online ahead of print

PMCID

PMC Journal - In Process

Reference ID

12610