Peer-led recruitment of ‘hard to reach’ older limbless veterans: A case-study discussion
Military veterans in the UK are considered a group at risk of experiencing health inequalities and a vulnerable population, particularly older veterans and those who have lost limbs. Recruiting so-called ‘hard to reach’ populations has been a key focus of much health-related research. A key reason for this is the fundamental importance of selecting an appropriate sample from a population which, at times, can be very difficult to find and engage. This study aimed to explore peer-recruiters’ experiences of being involved in a research study in which they had engaged in peer-led recruitment to successfully engage older, limbless veterans into a study. A case-study methodology was utilized in which two peer-recruiters took part in semi-structured interviews. Three themes were generated: importance of the insider perspective; involvement in the wider project; personal and professional gain.