A pilot test of recruitment strategies for a national alcohol survey with mail-in genetic data collection
Chartier, K. G., Martinez, P., Cummings, C., Riley, B. P., & Karriker-Jaffe, K. J. (2021). Recruiting for diversity: A pilot test of recruitment strategies for a national alcohol survey with mail-in genetic data collection. Journal of Community Genetics, 12(3), 459-468. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12687-020-00502-3
We assessed the feasibility and acceptability of collecting a saliva sample for DNA through the mail from a national sample of drinkers and examined whether targeted messaging would increase the response rates of Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino participants. We invited respondents from two prior national population surveys to participate in a brief telephone survey regarding recent alcohol use and to mail in a self-administered saliva sample. Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and Whites had similar rates of consenting to participate. A higher proportion of respondents with a college education and a family history of alcohol problems consented. The differences in participation between respondents receiving targeted and general messaging were not statistically significant. This study provides preliminary evidence for the feasibility of recruiting diverse participants into a genetic study of alcohol use disorder.