Recruiting gay alcohol establishments for studies: Lessons learned from the silas study

Rhonda Jones-Webb, Gunna Kilian, Anne Cain-Nielsen, B. R Simon Rosser, Sonya Brady

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We contacted gay bar/club managers in 16 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in the US from 2008 to 2010 and invited them to participate in survey of gay bar/club identification and patronage. The annual response rates were 58%, 74%, and 71%, respectively. We convened two, 1-hr meetings with research staff to discuss lessons learned from recruitment efforts. Data were analyzed using qualitative techniques. Improved response rates appeared to be a function of developing a broader definition of gay bar/club, using multiple sources to identify gay bars/clubs, using passive data collection strategies with active follow-up, and offering multiple methods of completing surveys. Study limitations are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)194-199
Number of pages6
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2013

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was funded by the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, B.R.S., Rosser, PI.


  • Alcohol
  • Gay bar/club
  • HIV
  • Recruitment
  • Response rates


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