As we’ve written about in previous blog articles, patient retention is about building relationships. This is easier said than done. One example that comes to my mind is a study where we had to come up with retention items for teenagers. It’s a little sad to say, but the days of board games and fun collectibles are pretty much out the door with this generation. If it’s not a new iPad®, iPhone®, video game, or the latest fashion, the teens these days aren’t interested. On a side note, I can’t believe I just wrote, “teens these days,” wow I’m getting old. Anyway, keeping people engaged in a study is important. If you don’t, you’ll be hiring BBK for our Lost to Follow Up Program, (had to throw a quick plug in there.) So how can we in the pharma and patient recruitment industry take on this challenge? Can a backpack still be engaging enough? What about a water bottle? Here are five ideas to think about when coming up with patient retention items.