Consenting to participate: can communication training improve diversity and engagement in clinical trials?

Early phase clinical trials tend to have trouble recruiting and sustaining participation of diverse communities.

If clinical trial populations are not representative of the population in which a new therapy is to be used then the data from the trial may be skewed and assurances of safety and efficiacy biased. It is therefore imperitve that clinical trial participants include individuals from a representative sample of the population and that clinical trial processes facilitate participation by that diverse audience.

This project seeks to test whether communication workshops with diverse communities can encourage greater levels of patient-led enquiry and health literacy, and whether these skills can influence the experience of giving consent to participate in research.

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