Training Program Title

Recruitment and Retention of Older Adults in Research

CTSA Hub Administered


Training Program Description

Why is it important to include older adults in research, and how can it improve your study?

Why is it important to include older adults in research, and how can it improve your study? NIH’s new policy on Inclusion Across the Lifespan went into effect January 2019 requiring the inclusion of people of all ages in research studies. In this course, you will find out the scientific and ethical reasoning behind this policy change, especially as it pertains to the inclusion of older adults in research, and learn strategies and best practices for recruiting and retaining older adults in research studies. Led by Director of Integrating Underrepresented Populations in Research at the Tufts University Clinical and Translational Research Center, Sara C. Folta, PhD, this course consists of didactic lectures and an interview highlighting a stakeholder perspective. Investigators drafting a recruitment plan relevant to this population or new to the inclusion of older populations in research are encouraged to take this course.

Digital Commons Disciplines

Medical Education



Cost to Access


Competency Domains

Study and Site Management

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the importance of including older adult populations in research
  • Describe population-specific challenges that hinder the participation of older adults in research
  • Discuss strategies to increase and sustain the enrollment of older adults populations in research
  • Articulate the importance of creating a robust recruitment plan in the early stage of study planning
  • Recognize the elements of an effective recruitment plan

Delivery Method


Target Learners

Clinical Research Professionals (other than PI)

Learning Level





On demand

Time Needed

75 min

Associated Assessment