Collaborative development of clinical trials education programs for African-American community-based organizations

J Cancer Educ. 2015 Jun;30(2):400-6. doi: 10.1007/s13187-014-0673-3.


This paper describes the use of a unique "Learning and Feedbackˮ approach to customize cancer clinical trials education programs for Community Bridges, a peer training intervention designed for African-American communities in North Carolina. Generic community education modules were demonstrated with key community leaders who were designated as trainers. Quantitative and qualitative assessments were provided on understanding of content, comfort with material, and cultural relevance. The generic materials were adapted into three revised modules, all featuring key messages about cancer clinical trials, discussion regarding distrust of medical research, common misconceptions about trials, patient protections, and a call to action to prompt increased inquiry about locally available trials. The revised modules were then used as part of a train-the-trainer program with 12 African-American community leaders. ENACCT's use of the Learning and Feedback process is an innovative method for culturally adapting clinical trials education.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Black or African American / education*
  • Clinical Trials as Topic*
  • Community-Based Participatory Research / organization & administration*
  • Cooperative Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Patient Education as Topic*
  • Patient Participation