Clinical Research Nurse involvement to foster a community based transcultural research in RODAM European study

Acta Biomed. 2016 May 26:87 Suppl 2:80-7.


Background and aim of the work: The Clinical Research Nurse (CRN) can be considered the fulcrum of clinical studies, being a vital link between patient, principal investigator, study sponsor and administrative staff. The clinical research's way is still long and the contribution that CRNs can provide is crucial. In Italy, a CRN was employed in the study: Research on Obesity & Type 2 Diabetes among African Migrants (RODAM). The aim of the paper is to explore and describe the experience of this involvement.

Methods: The CRN managed the project in order to gain a complete collaboration from the Ghanaian population. From the first contact, the CRN decided to adopt a transcultural approach with the aim to create a relationship of understanding, mutual trust respect for each other's cultural diversity. The CRN also used organizational, technical and linguistic skills.

Results: The day-to-day trial management from CRN included the following activities: obtaining local Ethics Committee study approval; recruiting the study staff; planning the study activities; identifying potential study participants; collaborating with the mediators; managing contacts with other RODAM centers; conducting a follow-up of patients. The most important results of CRN involvement have been the empowerment of Ghanaian community and the effective healthcare promotion.

Conclusions: The project encouraged the Ghanaian community to increase their healthcare awareness and encouraged the Ghanaian population to create new strategies to face the hard health challenges.

Keywords: clinical research nurse, transcultural nursing, relational and communication skills, Ghanaian community.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Nursing Research*
  • Community-Based Participatory Research / organization & administration*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2
  • Europe
  • Ghana / ethnology
  • Humans
  • Nursing Research / organization & administration*
  • Obesity
  • Transcultural Nursing*
  • Transients and Migrants