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Enhancing Minority Participation in Clinical Trials: A Region-Based, National Approach to Overcoming Minority Participation Barriers to Clinical Trials

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Air date: Thursday, August 16, 2012, 1:00:00 PM
Time displayed is Eastern Time, Washington DC Local
Views: Total views: 96, (1 Live, 95 On-demand)
Category: Health Disparities
Runtime: 01:32:09
Description: NIH Health Disparities Seminar

Recent cancer statistics from the American Cancer Society, confirm that minority populations continue to have poor chances of survival once cancer is diagnosed, suggesting possible influence of disparities in access to and receipt of quality health care. In lieu of a full understanding of the etiology of the disparities, efforts can be directed to provide opportunities for participation in state-of-the art cancer therapies for those diagnosed with cancer. Access to the cutting-edge medical treatments and state-of-the-art care that clinical trials provide is not equally available to people in minority communities, therefore this inequity in participation contributes to the ongoing health disparities. It is clear that successful recruitment of minority participants to clinical trials needs to begin with efforts to develop trusting relationships between the minority community and the research institution. Structures need to be in place to help minorities overcome barriers to participation and improve their representation in clinical trials.

To address these issues, the EMPaCT consortium of five regional cancer centers was established under the leadership of Drs. Fouad and Vickers. The presenters will discuss some of the qualitative and quantitative research done at each of the regional sites that identified patient, institutional, and system level barriers as well as facilitators to clinical trial enrollment. They will also focus on the comprehensive effort the EMPaCT consortium is developing to enhance clinical trials recruitment and retention in the United States.
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Author: Mona Fouad, MD, MPH, University of Alabama & Selwyn Vickers, M.D., F.A.C.S., University of Minnesota
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