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109 Age-Friendly Research Tools to Enhance Inclusion of Older Adults in Research

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 April 2024

Bryanna De Lima
Oregon Health & Science University
Allison Lindauer
Oregon Health & Science University Oregon Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
Elizabeth Eckstrom
Oregon Health & Science University
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OBJECTIVES/GOALS: Older adults are often underrepresented in research due to recruitment and retention barriers, among others. Frameworks have been developed to address these barriers but have not been disseminated to research teams without aging expertise. We aimed to test Age-Friendly tools among non-aging-trained research teams. METHODS/STUDY POPULATION: Our team developed and/or adapted seven Age-Friendly research tools to improve inclusion of older adults in research. Tools included a communication guide, Age-Friendly research checklist, knowledge consent check, and condolence card template, among others. Non-aging-trained research team members (n= 21) were invited to pilot test them and share strengths, limitations, and areas for improvement for each tool. Feedback was collected for up to 4 months using REDCap surveys and analyzed for common themes. Participants provided written informed consent and received a stipend of $1000 upon the completion of the surveys. RESULTS/ANTICIPATED RESULTS: Sixteen participants (76%) from primarily cancer and neurology departments completed at least one survey. The communication guide, research checklist, and knowledge check were implemented the most within the participants' study populations. Participants shared that the tools were user-friendly, easy to access, and well-explained through webinar trainings (offered separately) or instruction sheets. The most frequently reported barriers were lack of time, industry-sponsored trial restrictions, and lack of age-appropriate study populations. DISCUSSION/SIGNIFICANCE: Age-Friendly tools were acceptable and valuable among non-aging-trained research members. Dissemination of these tools could improve the experience for research teams and older adults and help align demographics of enrolled study populations with demographics of the condition being studied.

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