Recruiting Filipino Immigrants in a Randomized Controlled Trial Promoting Enrollment in an Evidence-Based Parenting Intervention

J Immigr Minor Health. 2019 Apr;21(2):324-331. doi: 10.1007/s10903-018-0755-0.


Filipinos, the second largest Asian subgroup in the U.S., experience significant youth behavioral health disparities but remain under-represented in health research. We describe lessons learned from using the Matching Model of Recruitment to recruit 215 Filipinos to participate in a large, randomized controlled trial of a culturally tailored video aimed at increasing enrollment in the Incredible Years® Parent Program. We recruited participants from schools, churches, clinics, community events, and other community-based locations. Facilitators of participation included: partnership with local community groups, conducting research in familiar settings, building on existing social networks, and matching perspectives of community members and researchers. Findings suggest recruitment success occurs when there is a match between goals of Filipino parents, grandparents and the research community. Understanding the perspectives of ethnic minority communities and effectively communicating goals of research studies are critical to successful recruitment of hard-to-reach immigrant populations in randomized controlled trials.

Keywords: Asian; Disparities; Filipino; Immigrant; Recruitment.

MeSH terms

  • Asian / psychology*
  • Community-Based Participatory Research / methods
  • Emigrants and Immigrants / psychology*
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Minority Groups
  • Parenting / ethnology
  • Parents / education*
  • Patient Selection*
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic / methods*
  • Young Adult