Attitudes and Beliefs of African Americans Toward Participation in Medical Research

Giselle Corble-Smith, Stephen B Thomas, Mark V Williams & Sandra Moody-Ayers
OBJECTIVE: To describe barriers to participation of African Americans in research. DESIGN: Focus group interviews conducted in 1997. PATIENTS: Thirty-three African-American adults presenting to an urban public hospital for outpatient medical care participated in one of five focus groups. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: African-American patients' attitudes toward medical research were measured. Mistrust of doctors, scientists, and the government was reported consistently by the participants. Many participants described concerns about the ethical conduct of clinicians and...
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