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Clinical Trials Participation: Understanding the Needs and Importance of Diverse Populations

1.25 credits


Full course description

The Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance- Georgia CTSA and Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute -SC-CTSI have collaborated to provide free, high quality educational programs for clinical research professionals at novice to expert levels of experience. At the completion of each course or program, participants earn contact hours recognized by a certificate and/or badge.


The decision to participate in a clinical trial is a highly personalized decision and each pathway to that decision differs.This course focuses on the journey and factors that influence clinical trial participation, including challenges participants experience, patient perception, receptivity, and the impact of new and supportive technologies. Consideration is given to new clinical trial models and how clinical trial processes will evolve in the future.


  1. Current state & importance of clinical trial research
  2. Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP)
  3. Decision to Participate in Clinical Research
    • Participant Willingness
    • Mistrust of pharmaceutical companies among White and Black Populations
    • Healthcare professionals influence, advice, and involvement
    • Solicitation for clinical trial participation
  4. Important Participant Considerations
  5. Key Information for Participation Decision
    • Motivations and barriers
  6. Participation in COVID-19 clinical trials
    • Top motivators and top concerns
    • Awareness of COVID-19 clinical trials
  7. Receiving clinical trial results after study completion
    • Preference on delivery of clinical trial results
  8. Participation Challenges
    • Voluntary and involuntary reasons
    • Top burdens: Travel, length of visits, and diagnostic tests
  9. Convenience enhancing technologies and support
    • Utilization of Smartphones
    • Pediatric study participant and parents’ technology preference
    • Impact of supportive services and technologies
    • Current clinical trial implications
  10. Additional direct to patient considerations
    • Clinical trial models and preference in diverse communities
    • Investigational mediation administration methods
      • Ease of use and understanding of instructions
  11. Technology advancements impacting clinical research
  12. Impact of COVID-19 on the clinical research industry
  13. Path forward
  14. Clinical research education resources


Joan A. Chambers, is the Senior Director for Marketing and Outreach at the Center for Information & Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCrP) and was on the CISCrP Advisory Board for over 10 years. Joan develops and executes strategic marketing, promotional and outreach campaigns to support the CISCRP mission of raising awareness and understanding about clinical research and the important role it plays in public health. Additionally, she directs, plans, and launches new initiatives for new growth opportunities. A well-known speaker at industry conferences, Joan has presented on a wide variety of topics specific to the clinical trials enterprise. Joan is on the Board of Directors for Greater Gift, the US PharmaTimes Steering Committee for Clinical Research of the Year (CROY), Steering Committee for Pharma Intelligence/ Informa Clinical & Research Excellence Awards (CARE), Steering Committee for PopUp Star, and is an active member of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) and the Drug Information Association (DIA). In the course of her career, she has published in clinical trade journals and was an instructor for Barnett International's CRA/CRC programs on the site identification/qualification process. Joan was formerly COO at CenterWatch. Her career included roles at ClinX, SCORR Marketing, CHI, Tufts CSDD and PAREXEL. Joan holds a B.S. in Marketing.

Learner Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

Audience: This symposium is designed for Clinical Research Assistant/Associates or Clinical Research Coordinators in academia, clinics, hospitals, industry, or CRO with 1- 2 years of clinical research experience. Individuals may be new to clinical research with limited knowledge of clinical trial conduct, good clinical practices, regulations and common terminology associated with clinical research.

Contact Hours:

Emory Nursing Professional Development Center (ENPDC) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.Attendees to this CNE activity will be awarded 1.25 Continuing Nursing Education contact hours from ENPDC.

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Program Information: This is the third course in a six (6)-course program. To complete the entire program and earn a badge CLICK HERE.



Learner Disclosures:

Accreditation Status: Emory Nursing Professional Development Center (ENPDC) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.

Financial Relationships: ENPDC has evaluated everyone who has the ability to control content of this activity (planning committee members, subject matter experts, presenters) and found that no relevant financial relationships exist.

Awarding Contact Hours: To obtain contact hours participants must:

·       Review the entire activity

·       Pass the quiz 

·       Complete the evaluation at the end

Certificates will be distributed at the end of the evaluation.


Enduring Materials Dates:


·       Start Date: 4/22/2024

·       Expiration Date: 4/22/2027


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