Research Participation of a Professional Organization in Clinical Trials: The Association of Black cardiologists Clinical Trial Investigator Identification Project.
INTRODUCTION: Black individuals continue to be underrepresented in clinical trials despite efforts by the National Institutes of Health and the Federal Drug Administration to increase their enrollment. Health care providers play a critical role in the recruitment of patients into clinical trials, as they have established relationships and are uniquely positioned to make referrals for participation. While prior initiatives have focused on training black physicians to conduct clinical research, we sought to determine the potential of utilizing a professional organization as a resource to identify established investigators to champion recruitment of underrepresented racial and ethnic populations. The Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) is a non-profit organization with a mission to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in cardiovascular disease and may provide a conduit for recruiting investigators. The purpose of this study was to examine the feasibility of using the ABC membership to identify investigators with an established track record in clinical trials. METHODS/RESULTS: Utilizing a roster of ABC members, we searched Scopus to quantify ABC member publications from 1999 to 2015 and identify members who have been active in clinical trials. Within the membership of 2037 individuals, we identified 794 with peer-reviewed publications, and 109 who co-authored manuscripts involving randomized clinical trials. The manuscripts largely focused on hypertension and heart failure, conditions that have a disproportionately greater affect on black individuals. CONCLUSION: Members of the ABC have varied amounts of research productivity. We identified a group of experienced investigators to engage in efforts aimed at recruiting/enrolling underrepresented racial and ethnic populations in clinical trials of cardiovascular disease.
Egwim, CC; Rucker, AJ; Madut, DC; Chery, GS; Sullivan, LT; Jackson, LR; Batchelor, WB; Thomas, KL
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