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The Importance of Site Selection

Researchers Discuss

This video presents interviews with experts on minority involvement in clinical trials. These include Dorothy Edwards, PhD, Dawn O. Kleindorfer, M.D., Alexander Dromerick, M.D., Jose G. Romano, M.D., Daniel Woo, M.D., and Kathryn France, R.N., P.H.N., C.C.R.C., C.C.R.A

Woo: Probably the most important thing I did was site selection. I did a lot of education, a lot of training on minority recruitment, but before I did any of that, I looked at the US census for the top ten cities of the highest density of minority populations. I literally have a heat map that I show all the time of the African American density population, and then Hispanic density population. And then I chose hospitals based upon their census of African Americans or Hispanics to participate in the study.

Edwards: A fully inclusive research team is really important because people from the community who are on your team can keep you out of trouble and head off disasters.

Woo: To everyone's surprise, we recruited African Americans and Hispanics so well that whites were lacking [chuckles] because we selected the sites so well. One of the hospitals we had in Atlanta is 95% African American population. Now that just made it so much easier for me to recruit in those population areas.