Increasing minority accrual onto clinical trials.

Posted: Sep 27, 2012
J Oncol Pract. 5. 4. 202-3.
KEYWORDS: Language or Cultural Barriers, Underserved, Non-English Speaking, Cost/Insurance, Urban, Level of Clinical Trials Knowledge or Awareness, Physician Champions, Insurance Coverage, Regulatory Issues, Eligibility, Minority Groups, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian, Black or African-American, Hispanic or Latino, Other, Radio, Print Media, Cancer, Prevention, Screening


Community-based oncology practices used a combination of strategies to increase minority accrual.

Why this item may be useful

Representatives from four community-based oncology practices provide examples of approaches they used to increase minority accrual onto clinical trials conducted by their practices.


  • The oncology practices featured in the article received 2008 Clinical Trials Participation Awards from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Foundation.
  • Successful approaches included involvement of bilingual and minority physicians and research staff; inclusion of clinical trial messages in education events focused on prevention and screening; inclusion of minority patients on advisory boards; involvement of minority representatives from the community in development of educational materials/programs; participation in cable television and radio interviews addressing minority communities; staff involvement in state and cooperative group committees that focus on minority accrual; outreach to referring physicians and hospitals; and partnerships with organizations in minority communities.