Special Interest ArticlesOptimizing Recruitment Strategies and Physician Engagement for Stroke Recovery ResearchMorton, Allegra BS, SPT; Myers, Moira BS, SPT; Whitaker, Alicen A. DPT; Kempf, Katie S. DPT; Eickmeyer, Sarah M. MD; Abraham, Michael MD; Rippee, Michael A. MD; Billinger, Sandra A. PT, PhDAuthor Information Departments of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science (A.M., M.M., A.A.W., K.S.K., S.A.B.), Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (S.E., S.A.B.), Neurology (M.A., M.R., S.A.B.), and Molecular and Integrative Physiology (S.A.B.), University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City. Correspondence: Sandra A. Billinger, PT, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS 66160 ([email protected]). Dr Billinger was supported by K01HD067318 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Ms Morton was supported in part by a Student Scholarship in Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke from the American Heart Association. Ms Morton, Ms Myers, Dr Whitaker, and Dr Kempf were supported in part by T32HD057850 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. REDCap at University of Kansas Medical Center is supported by Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) # UL1TR000001 from National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) and National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) awarded to the University of Kansas Medical Center for Frontiers: The Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. This work was supported by a CTSA grant from NCATS awarded to the University of Kansas for Frontiers: University of Kansas Clinical and Translational Science Institute (# UL1TR002366). The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH or NCATS. The Georgia Holland Research in Exercise and Cardiovascular Health (REACH) laboratory space was supported by the Georgia Holland Endowment Fund. This data has not been previously presented or published at any scientific meetings. Dr Abraham reports consulting for Stryker Neurovascular and Penumbra Inc outside the submitted work. Others declare no conflict of interest. Supplemental digital content is available for this article. Direct URL citation appears in the printed text and is provided in the HTML and PDF versions of this article on the journal's Web site (www.jnpt.org). Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy: January 2021 - Volume 45 - Issue 1 - p 41-45 doi: 10.1097/NPT.0000000000000334 Buy SDC Metrics Abstract Background and Purpose: A major challenge for stroke rehabilitation and recovery research is the recruitment and retention of participants. Our prior challenges and successes have influenced our team to rethink our approach and the potential for large-scale stroke recruitment. Summary of Key Points: In this special interest article, we highlight how the adoption and implementation of recruitment strategies such as physician engagement and a streamlined “customer service” approach helped us improve our enrollment and maximize efficiency. Another positive outcome of enrollment was increased representation of those who identify as underrepresented minority or live in rural areas. Recommendations for Clinical Practice: Rethinking our recruitment processes and infrastructure allowed for greater interprofessional interactions, minimal burden for our stroke physician team members, and maximized enrollment into our stroke studies. Video Abstract available for more insights from the authors (see the Video, Supplemental Digital Content 1, available at: http://links.lww.com/JNPT/A324). © 2020 Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy, APTA.