A study involving breast cancer patients of Latin ethnicity evaluated the efficacy of using culturally-sensitive computer-based videos in increasing awareness and knowledge of clinical trials. The findings of this research were presented during the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved. This study was particularly important as it helped address two pressing concerns in biomedical research: the difficulty in recruiting participants in clinical studies due to lack of awareness and prevalence of misconceptions, and the underrepresentation of Latinos in research.
According to Patricia Chalela, DrPH, an assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Latinos comprise 17% of the country's population, but account for only 5.6% of all participants in clinical trials at the National Cancer Institute. This underrepresentation causes costly disparities in the results of clinical t