A major challenge in biomonitoring studies with members of the general public is ensuring their continued involvement throughout the necessary length of the research. The paper presents evidence on the use of community researchers, recruited from local study areas, as a mechanism for ensuring effective recruitment and retention of farmer and resident participants for a pesticides biomonitoring study. The evidence presented suggests that community researchers' abilities to build and sustain trusting relationships with participants enhanced the rigour of the study as a result of their on-the-ground responsiveness and flexibility resulting in data collection beyond targets expected.
Teedon, P., Galea, K. S., MacCalman, L., Jones, K., Cocker, J., Cherrie, J. W., & Van Tongeren, M. (2015). Engaging with community researchers for exposure science: Lessons learned from a pesticide biomonitoring study. PLoS ONE, 10(8). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0136347