Engaging with Community Researchers for Exposure Science: Lessons Learned from a Pesticide Biomonitoring Study

Paul Teedon, Karen S. Galea, Laura MacCalman, Kate Jones, John Cocker, John W. Cherrie, Martie van Tongeren

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    Abstract

    A major challenge in biomonitoring studies with members of the general public is ensuring their continued involvement throughout the necessary length of the research. The paper presents evidence on the use of community researchers, recruited from local study areas, as a mechanism for ensuring effective recruitment and retention of farmer and resident participants for a pesticides biomonitoring study. The evidence presented suggests that community researchers' abilities to build and sustain trusting relationships with participants enhanced the rigour of the study as a result of their on-the-ground responsiveness and flexibility resulting in data collection beyond targets expected.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number0136347
    Number of pages17
    JournalPLoS ONE
    Volume10
    Issue number8
    Early online date26 Aug 2015
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Keywords

    • PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH
    • HEALTH SURVEY
    • STRATEGIES
    • RETENTION
    • RECRUITMENT
    • ENVIRONMENT
    • TRIAL

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