Evaluating a national dissemination approach: The National Cancer Institute's clinical trials education program

J Cancer Educ. 2009;24(1):49-57. doi: 10.1080/08858190802664818.


Background: Adult participation in clinical trials is low, and many individuals are unaware of trials as an option. Raising awareness about clinical trials and addressing barriers through education is key to increasing enrollment in trials.

Methods: To reach communities, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) worked with partners to disseminate clinical trials education resources. Evaluation was conducted to determine the effectiveness of the dissemination approaches on program goals.

Results: Survey results indicated that partners disseminated, used, and were satisfied with the program resources. Focus group results corroborated these findings.

Conclusions: NCI's program successfully used partnerships for broad dissemination of resources to improve clinical trials awareness.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Trials as Topic*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Focus Groups
  • Health Education*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination / methods*
  • National Cancer Institute (U.S.)
  • Neoplasms*
  • Program Evaluation
  • United States