ABSTRACT: Twelve Tips to guide effective participant recruitment for interprofessional education research.
Background: The success of research in interprofessional education is largely due to the participation of students. Their recruitment is, however, perhaps the most challenging part of any study, and, yet, is a key determinant of the results. Aim: The aim of this article is to provide a “how to guide” for medical education researchers to facilitate the recruitment of students across health professions. Results: The 12 tips are 1 establish clear expectations with your research team from the start; 2 do your homework: invest time and energy in pre-recruitment preparation; 3 develop a plan: be realistic about your resources; 4 create a “Buzz” about your interprofessional research; 5 prepare multiple communication methods – can’t just rely on one! 6 engage volunteers across professions to participate; 7 address the participant’s willingness to take part in the research; 8 demonstrate good interpersonal skills; 9 be diligent in tracking participants; 10 show appreciation and share results; 11 consider participant incentives: are they really important? 12 maintain tenacity – no one said interprofessional recruitment was easy! Conclusions: Interprofessional studies offer numerous logistical, administrative and scheduling challenges; the 12 tips are provided to help medical education researchers develop and manage the successful recruitment of students across the health professions.