Promoting recruitment of minority ethnic groups into research: qualitative study exploring the views of South Asian people with asthma

Laura K. Rooney, Raj Bhopal, Laila Halani, Mark L. Levy, Martyn R. Partridge, Gopal Netuveli, Josip Car, Chris Griffiths, John Atkinson, Grace M. Lindsay, Aziz Sheikh

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Abstract

We sought to understand the barriers and facilitators to participation in research from the perspectives of South Asian people with asthma. Eight focus groups were conducted in the preferred language of participants. Sampling was purposeful to ensure inclusion of males and females from differing ethnic, linguistic and religious backgrounds. The forming of trusting relationships was described as pivotal to the successful recruitment of minority ethnic groups into research; personalized approaches were likely to be better received than more impersonal written approaches. Notable barriers to participation included: the stigma of being labelled with asthma; concerns surrounding participation in pharmaceutical trials; major time or travel commitments and a failure to show respect by not making information available in minority ethnic languages.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Public Health
Volume33
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

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Keywords

  • participation in health research
  • asthma
  • South Asia
  • public health

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Rooney, L. K., Bhopal, R., Halani, L., Levy, M. L., Partridge, M. R., Netuveli, G., Car, J., Griffiths, C., Atkinson, J., Lindsay, G. M., & Sheikh, A. (2011). Promoting recruitment of minority ethnic groups into research: qualitative study exploring the views of South Asian people with asthma. Journal of Public Health, 33. https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdq100