Conducting research with racial/ethnic minorities: Methodological lessons from the NIDA clinical trials network

A. Kathleen Burlew, Jerren C. Weekes, La'Trice Montgomery, Daniel J. Feaster, Michael S. Robbins, Carmen L. Rosa, Lesia M. Ruglass, Kamilla L. Venner, Li Tzy Wu

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Abstract

Background: Multiple studies in the National Institute on Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network (CTN) demonstrate strategies for conducting effective substance abuse treatment research with racial/ethnic minorities (REMs). Objectives: The objectives of this article are to describe lessons learned within the CTN to (1) enhance recruitment, retention, and other outcomes; (2) assess measurement equivalence; and (3) use data analytic plans that yield more information. Method: This article includes background information and examples from multiple CTN studies on inclusion, measurement, and data analysis. Results and Conclusions: Seven recommendations are included for conducting more effective research on REMs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)324-332
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Volume37
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2011

Keywords

  • Clinical trials
  • Data analytic plans
  • Health disparities
  • Measurement equivalence
  • Racial/ethnic minorities
  • Recruitment
  • Retention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology

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