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Recruiting and retaining postpartum women from areas of social disadvantage in a weight-loss trial : an assessment of strategies employed in the WeighWell feasibility study . / Macleod, Maureen; Craigie, Angela M.; Barton, Karen L.; Treweek, Shaun; Anderson, Annie S.; Williams, Brian; Weighwell Team.

In: Maternal and Child Nutrition, Vol. 9, No. 3, 07.2013, p. 322-331.

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Macleod, M, Craigie, AM, Barton, KL, Treweek, S, Anderson, AS, Williams, B & Weighwell Team 2013, 'Recruiting and retaining postpartum women from areas of social disadvantage in a weight-loss trial: an assessment of strategies employed in the WeighWell feasibility study ' Maternal and Child Nutrition, vol 9, no. 3, pp. 322-331.

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Macleod, M., Craigie, A. M., Barton, K. L., Treweek, S., Anderson, A. S., Williams, B., & Weighwell Team (2013). Recruiting and retaining postpartum women from areas of social disadvantage in a weight-loss trial: an assessment of strategies employed in the WeighWell feasibility study . Maternal and Child Nutrition, 9(3), 322-331doi: 10.1111/j.1740-8709.2011.00393.x

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Macleod M, Craigie AM, Barton KL, Treweek S, Anderson AS, Williams B et al. Recruiting and retaining postpartum women from areas of social disadvantage in a weight-loss trial: an assessment of strategies employed in the WeighWell feasibility study . Maternal and Child Nutrition. 2013 Jul;9(3):322-331.

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Macleod, Maureen; Craigie, Angela M.; Barton, Karen L.; Treweek, Shaun; Anderson, Annie S.; Williams, Brian; Weighwell Team / Recruiting and retaining postpartum women from areas of social disadvantage in a weight-loss trial : an assessment of strategies employed in the WeighWell feasibility study .

In: Maternal and Child Nutrition, Vol. 9, No. 3, 07.2013, p. 322-331.

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title = "Recruiting and retaining postpartum women from areas of social disadvantage in a weight-loss trial",
author = "Maureen Macleod and Craigie, {Angela M.} and Barton, {Karen L.} and Shaun Treweek and Anderson, {Annie S.} and Anderson, {Annie S.} and Rose Barbour and Robert Fraser and Alison Kirk and Anne Ludbrook and Gary Mires and Andrew Symon and Joyce Thompson and Shaun Treweek and Brian Williams",
year = "2013",
volume = "9",
number = "3",
pages = "322--331",
journal = "Maternal and Child Nutrition",
issn = "1740-8695",

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Recruiting and retaining postpartum women from areas of social disadvantage in a weight-loss trial

T2 - an assessment of strategies employed in the WeighWell feasibility study

A1 - Macleod,Maureen

A1 - Craigie,Angela M.

A1 - Barton,Karen L.

A1 - Treweek,Shaun

A1 - Anderson,Annie S.

A1 - Barbour,Rose

A1 - Fraser,Robert

A1 - Kirk,Alison

A1 - Ludbrook,Anne

A1 - Mires,Gary

A1 - Symon,Andrew

A1 - Thompson,Joyce

A1 - Williams,Brian

AU - Macleod,Maureen

AU - Craigie,Angela M.

AU - Barton,Karen L.

AU - Treweek,Shaun

AU - Anderson,Annie S.

AU - Barbour,Rose

AU - Fraser,Robert

AU - Kirk,Alison

AU - Ludbrook,Anne

AU - Mires,Gary

AU - Symon,Andrew

AU - Thompson,Joyce

AU - Williams,Brian

PY - 2013/7

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N2 - Little is known about the response of post-partum women from deprived backgrounds to weight management interventions, however behavioural intervention trials in disadvantaged communities are often characterised by recruitment difficulties. Recruitment and retention is key to the robust conduct of an effective trial, and exploratory work is essential prior to a definitive randomised controlled trial. This paper describes strategies used to recruit to the WeighWell feasibility study, which aimed to recruit 60 overweight or obese post-partum women living in areas of deprivation to a trial of a weight-loss intervention. Recruitment strategies included the following: (1) distribution of posters and 'business cards'; (2) newspaper advertisements; (3) visits to community groups; and (4) personalised letters of invitation sent via the National Health Service (NHS). Potential participants were screened for eligibility following response to a Freephone number. Body mass index was calculated using self-reported body weight and height. Over 6 months, 142 women responded of whom 65 (46%) met the eligibility criteria. The most effective methods for recruiting eligible women and those who went on to complete the study (n=36) were visits to community groups (37% and 42%, respectively), personalised letters (26% and 17%, respectively) and posters and 'business cards' (22% and 31%, respectively). These results emphasise the need to utilise a range of strategies beyond traditional NHS settings. Current approaches might be enhanced by sending personal contact letters via their General Practitioner to women identified as eligible at post-natal discharge. Under-reporting of body weight by self-report suggests that a threshold lower than 25kg/m should be utilised for screening purposes. © 2012 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

AB - Little is known about the response of post-partum women from deprived backgrounds to weight management interventions, however behavioural intervention trials in disadvantaged communities are often characterised by recruitment difficulties. Recruitment and retention is key to the robust conduct of an effective trial, and exploratory work is essential prior to a definitive randomised controlled trial. This paper describes strategies used to recruit to the WeighWell feasibility study, which aimed to recruit 60 overweight or obese post-partum women living in areas of deprivation to a trial of a weight-loss intervention. Recruitment strategies included the following: (1) distribution of posters and 'business cards'; (2) newspaper advertisements; (3) visits to community groups; and (4) personalised letters of invitation sent via the National Health Service (NHS). Potential participants were screened for eligibility following response to a Freephone number. Body mass index was calculated using self-reported body weight and height. Over 6 months, 142 women responded of whom 65 (46%) met the eligibility criteria. The most effective methods for recruiting eligible women and those who went on to complete the study (n=36) were visits to community groups (37% and 42%, respectively), personalised letters (26% and 17%, respectively) and posters and 'business cards' (22% and 31%, respectively). These results emphasise the need to utilise a range of strategies beyond traditional NHS settings. Current approaches might be enhanced by sending personal contact letters via their General Practitioner to women identified as eligible at post-natal discharge. Under-reporting of body weight by self-report suggests that a threshold lower than 25kg/m should be utilised for screening purposes. © 2012 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

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DO - 10.1111/j.1740-8709.2011.00393.x

M1 - Article

JO - Maternal and Child Nutrition

JF - Maternal and Child Nutrition

SN - 1740-8695

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SP - 322

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