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Conducting Research with Racial/Ethnic Minorities: Methodological Lessons from the NIDA Clinical Trials Network.

American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse 2011;37(5):324-332. [doi: 10.3109/00952990.2011.596973]

Ann Kathleen Burlew, PhD (The Crossroads Center, OV Node), Jerren C. Weekes, MA (The Crossroads Center, OV Node), LaTrice Montgomery, MA (The Crossroads Center, OV Node), Daniel J. Feaster, PhD (University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, FNA Node), Michael S. Robbins, PhD (University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, FNA Node), Carmen L. Rosa, MS (Center for the Clinical Trial Network, NIDA), Lesia M. Ruglass, PhD (The City College of New York), Kamilla L. Venner, PhD (Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addictions (CASAA), SW Node), Li-Tzy Wu, ScD (CTN Data and Statistics Center).

Multiple studies in the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN) demonstrate strategies for conducting effective substance abuse treatment research with racial/ethnic minorities. This article describes lessons learned within the CTN to (1) enhance recruitment, retention, and other outcomes for racial/ethnic minorities; (2) assess measurement equivalence; and (3) use data analytic plans that yield more information. Both the existing literature and the CTN experiences support the need for more research on effective strategies to promote racial/ethnic minority inclusion in clinical trials and research more broadly. Seven recommendations for ways to do this are presented, including the development of community collaborations, more effective retention strategies, research on when (rather than if) ethnic matching improves outcomes, and more. (Article (Peer-Reviewed), PDF, English, 2011)

Keywords: African Americans | Alaska Natives | Asians | Community health services | CTN research agenda | Cultural competence | Hispanics and Latinos | Minority groups | National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network | Native Americans | Recruitment | Retention - Treatment | Women | American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse (journal)

Document No: 724, PMID: 21854274, PMCID: PMC3445256.

Submitted by CTN Dissemination Librarians, 8/23/2011.


Burlew, Ann Kathleen mail
Feaster, Daniel J. mail
Montgomery, Latrice
Robbins, Michael S. mail
Rosa, Carmen L. mail
Ruglass, Lesia M.
Venner, Kamilla L. mail
Weekes, Jerren C.
Wu, Li-Tzy mail

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