Much has been written about the need to involve more ethnic minorities in clinical trials. Now, the Stanford Cancer Institute is offering help to researchers in the form of a free online course called “Practical tips to improve Asian American participation in cancer clinical trials." As described on the course website:
Racial and ethnic diversity is critical to the success of cancer clinical trials. Asian Americans, like other ethnic groups, have low recruitment, accrual and retention rates in cancer clinical trials. This represents a significant challenge on a national level for health advocates, healthcare institutions and the National Cancer Institute... This online course will educate healthcare providers and allied health professionals about cancer clinical trials and cultural humility skills as well as provide educational resources and tips for reinforcing change in practice to improve outcomes in Asian American clinical trial participation.
Kim Rhoads, MD, MPH, is director of the course, which can be taken for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit. Rhoads' research focuses on racial disparities in cancer outcomes, a topic she addressed during a 1:2:1 podcast a few years back.
Previously: NPR explores the need for improving diversity in clinical trials, Survey confirms that small number of U.S. adults, children participate in research studies, Patients share clinical trial experiences at Stanford, What motivates people to participate in clinical trials?, Not enough cancer doctors refer patients to clinical trials