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Attributes of Researchers and Their Strategies to Recruit Minority Populations: Results of a National Survey

Recruiting minorities can be challenging for clinical researchers. This study examined the recruitment strategies used by "comprehensive" versus "traditional" researchers. Results of an online survey, conducted in 2010, found that "comprehensive" researchers used more, and more diverse and active, recruitment strategies, while "traditional" researchers used fewer and more passive strategies. The authors found that comprehensive researchers were more likely than traditional ones to 1) report racial and ethnic differences as one of their specific aims or hypotheses, 2) receive federal (CDC and NIH) funding, 3) conduct behavioral or epidemiological research, and 4) have received training in conducting research with and recruiting minorities. Traditional researchers, on the other hand, were more likely to conduct clinical research, and a greater (though nonsignificant) percentage received funding from pharmaceutical sources.

Quinn SC, Butler J III, Fryer CS, et al. Attributes of researchers and their strategies to recruit minority populations: Results of a national survey. Contemporary Clinical Trials 2012;33(6):1231-1237.

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