Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Ethnic Minorities Do Stick With Clinical Research

Date:
September 10, 2007
Source:
BioMed Central
Summary:
A significant number of people from ethnic minority backgrounds can be persuaded to take part in research studies, according to a new report. This contradicts previous research that suggests that ethnic minorities are less likely to volunteer for clinical research, possibly due to famous breaches of medical ethics, such as the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.

A significant number of people from ethnic minority backgrounds can be persuaded to take part in research studies, according to a report published in the online open access journal, BMC Public Health. This contradicts previous research that suggests that ethnic minorities are less likely to volunteer for clinical research, possibly due to famous breaches of medical ethics, such as the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.

Pregnant women of African American or Hispanic origin living in Washington DC, USA, were recruited into a study investigating whether counselling programmes were effective at reducing smoking, depression and intimate partner violence during pregnancy. Only a fifth of the women, who were followed until 10 weeks postpartum, failed to complete the study. The factors leading to this low drop out rate were analysed by a team led by Dr. Nabil El-Khorazaty.

Providing financial compensation for the participants' time and effort partly contributed to the high retention rate. Other strategies that improved retention included the use of a data management system that tracked study events, the provision of timely tracking and monitoring reports for all study activities to maintain close communications, and efforts to gain the cooperation of the staff at clinic sites.

The study participants were also frequently telephoned to keep them informed of upcoming interviews. Detailed notes were made of the best time to call and of alternative contact numbers. In addition, building a rapport by showing sensitivity to the women and their experiences, was imperative, say the authors.

The team found that the women who intentionally left the study were more likely to be older, in a relationship and working. These women may have had more stable lives and felt that the survey was less beneficial to them personally. In contrast, women who the researchers were unable to contact for follow-up interviews tended to be younger, single and had a more chaotic lifestyle. This suggests that researchers should tailor their retention strategies to best fit different target groups.

"The inclusion of ethnic minorities in clinical and behavioral research provides better access to new and high-quality health care often not available to them," says El-Khorazaty. He adds: "It is important that they are included in these trials, because the prevalence of many health problems is higher in ethnic minorities, and health outcomes are often poorer."

Article:Nabil El-Khorazaty, Allan A Johnson, Michele Kiely, Ayman AE El-Mohandes, Siva Subramanian, Haziel A Laryea, Kennan B Murray, Jutta S Thornberry and Jill G Joseph "Recruitment and retention of low-income minority women in a behavioural intervention to reduce smoking, depression, and intimate partner violence during pregnancy" BMC Public Health (in press)


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by BioMed Central. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

BioMed Central. "Ethnic Minorities Do Stick With Clinical Research." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 10 September 2007. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/09/070905201207.htm>.
BioMed Central. (2007, September 10). Ethnic Minorities Do Stick With Clinical Research. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 2, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/09/070905201207.htm
BioMed Central. "Ethnic Minorities Do Stick With Clinical Research." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/09/070905201207.htm (accessed September 2, 2014).

Share This




More Health & Medicine News

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Get on Your Bike! London Cycling Popularity Soars Despite Danger

Get on Your Bike! London Cycling Popularity Soars Despite Danger

AFP (Sep. 1, 2014) Wedged between buses, lorries and cars, cycling in London isn't for the faint hearted. Nevertheless the number of people choosing to bike in the British capital has doubled over the past 15 years. Duration: 02:27 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Can You Train Your Brain To Eat Healthy?

Can You Train Your Brain To Eat Healthy?

Newsy (Sep. 1, 2014) New research says if you condition yourself to eat healthy foods, eventually you'll crave them instead of junk food. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
We've Got Mites Living In Our Faces And So Do You

We've Got Mites Living In Our Faces And So Do You

Newsy (Aug. 30, 2014) A new study suggests 100 percent of adult humans (those over 18 years of age) have Demodex mites living in their faces. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Liberia Continues Fight Against Ebola

Liberia Continues Fight Against Ebola

AFP (Aug. 30, 2014) Authorities in Liberia try to stem the spread of the Ebola epidemic by raising awareness and setting up sanitation units for people to wash their hands. Duration: 00:41 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins