A team approach to recruitment in hospice research: engaging patients, close persons and health professionals.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


  • Cathy Campbell
  • Kathy Armour
  • Rosanna Orlando

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • University of Virginia
  • University of Southampton


Research is vital to the future development of hospice care. However, research in hospice settings is very challenging. This paper describes a case study of a successful multidisciplinary research team approach (MDRT) to the recruitment of participants (hospice patients, family members and health professionals) for a study in a hospice setting on the economic evaluation of end-of-life care. A successful recruitment plan includes three key strategies: identifying key members of the MDRT early in the research process; having a clear and constant communication stream; and creating an environment where all team members have a shared commitment to the research, all voices are heard and valued, and everyone contributes to the research aims. An MDRT approach will be helpful to guide the development of successful recruitment plans for academic-community research partnerships in the hospice setting.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)324-332
JournalInternational Journal of Palliative Nursing
Issue number7
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Jul 2016


  • Recruitment, Case study, End of life, Hospice, Research, Palliative care