Table 2

Recruitment strategies used to identify potential participants, by site

Site ASite BSite C
Recruitment strategy
Within NHS site memory services
Direct referral by memory services clinicians Embedded Image Embedded Image Embedded Image
Regular presence in memory services clinics by researchers Embedded Image Embedded Image
Attendance at psychosocial intervention groups by researchers Embedded Image Embedded Image Embedded Image
‘Pre’ screening of clinical records by a research nurse Embedded Image
Leaflets and posters displayed Embedded Image Embedded Image Embedded Image
Ad-hoc mail outs targeting potentially eligible participants choosing to attend follow-up appointments offered at local GP practices, instead of memory services at the hospital Embedded Image
Within other services provided by the NHS site
Potential participants identified by within multidisciplinary clinical meetings Embedded Image
Occupational therapists delivering the intervention identifying potential participants Embedded Image Embedded Image Embedded Image
Attendance at clinical team business meetings by researchers Embedded Image Embedded Image
Leaflets and posters displayed (other NHS Trust locations) Embedded Image Embedded Image
Research team made contact with people who had participated in other studies previously and had agreed to be contacted about future studies Embedded Image Embedded Image
Involvement of other NHS providers
Information displayed in GP practices associated with memory services Embedded Image
Patient Identification Centre in another NHS Trust Embedded Image
Non -NHS
Attendance at community groups by research staff Embedded Image Embedded Image
Study promoted by researchers at local events Embedded Image Embedded Image Embedded Image
One mail out via non-statutory sector organisation / sending non-statutory sector organisation staff study information Embedded Image Embedded Image
‘Join Dementia Research’ 1(JDR) (https://www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk): an online resource that enables people to register interest in participating in dementia research and thereby be ‘matched’ to relevant studies. Researchers then contact them directly. People who expressed interest living within the sites’ locality, were sent information when JDR became active at each site. Embedded Image Embedded Image Embedded Image
  • GP, general practitioner; NHS, National Health Service.