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Results of a Community Randomized Study of a Faith-Based Education Program to Improve Clinical Trial Participation Among African Americans

A clinical trial evaluated the effectiveness of a church-based educational intervention aimed at improving African Americans' participation in clinical trials. A total of 221 subjects age 50 and older were recruited from six predominantly African American churches in the Atlanta area. Some subjects attended three educational sessions, while others (the controls) completed questionnaires. Subjects' intention to join a clinical trial was measured at baseline and after 3 and 6 months. Researchers concluded that church-based interventions are likely to increase African Americans' motivation to obtain clinical trial information.

Frew PM, Schamel JT, O'Connell KA, et al. Results of a community randomized study of a faith-based education program to improve clinical trial participation among African Americans. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2015;13(1):41.

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