Brief report: If you build it, they will come methods for recruiting Latinos into cancer research

Vanessa B. Sheppard, Lisa Sanderson Cox, Mariano J. Kanamori, Janet Cañar, Yosselyn Rodríguez, Michelle Goodman, Jyl Pomeroy, Jeanne Mandelblatt, Elmer E. Huerta, Juan Romagoza, Nancy Pallesen, Ericson Catipon

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BACKGROUND: Latinos have low representation in cancer prevention trials and intervention studies. Culturally appropriate recruitment strategies are needed to address this issue. OBJECTIVE: To describe and summarize the effectiveness of recruitment strategies used by the Latin American Cancer Research Coalition (LACRC). DESIGN: Descriptive report of recruitment methods. PARTICIPANTS: Uninsured Latino immigrants (N=1,170: 77% female, 23% male) from Central and South America recruited to 7 cancer control studies. APPROACH: The LACRC recruitment model involved inclusion of Latino researchers and providers, and use of culturally acceptable materials released through culturally appropriate outlets such as Latino radio stations. RESULTS: The overall participation rate was high-96% of patients identified as eligible agreed to participate. Women were excellent referrals for recruiting men to research studies. Additionally, a local Latino radio program was used to efficiently recruit eligible study participants. CONCLUSIONS: Latinos are interested and willing to participate in cancer control studies when culturally relevant approaches are used. Research teams that partner with Latino researchers and with Latino service providers are important in educating Latinos about cancer control and encouraging participation in research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)444-447
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of general internal medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Clinical trials
  • Latinos
  • Minorities
  • Recruitment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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