Assessing an Intervention to Improve Clinical Trial Perceptions Among Predominately African-American Communities in South Carolina

Project MUSE: Volume 6, Issue 3, Fall 2012
African Americans (AA) are not well-represented in cancer clinical trials despite having significantly higher cancer mortality rates than their European-American (EA) counterparts.

Objectives: The purpose of this study was to evaluate a program to improve perceptions of cancer clinical trials among AA.

Methods: The program was conducted in a convenience sample of 195 participants (75.4% AA) who lived in counties with high racial disparities in cancer mortality rates and who were recruited by community partners. The 30-minute program, part of a larger 3.5-hour cancer education program, was developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Cancer Institute (NCI). It was modified to include additional pictures of AA, AA-specific cancer mortality data, and information about the Tuskegee Syphilis Study and the resulting improved participant protection measures. Read more