At the end of this cultural competency training module participants will have specific knowledge, skills and strategies needed to increase cultural competency, improve communication with minority populations and address potential cultural barriers to recruiting minority populations to clinical trials.

Minorities make up roughly one-third of the U.S. population and are expected to become the majority by 2042, with the nation projected to be 54 percent minority in 2050 (US Census, 2008). These demographic shifts will require researchers to be more cognizant of and responsive to the health beliefs, practices, and cultural and linguistic needs of racial and ethnic populations. Without adequate representation of these populations in clinical trials, researchers cannot learn about potential differences among groups and cannot ensure the generalization/external validity of results. When developed and implemented as a framework, cultural competence enables systems, agencies, and researchers to effectively engage and recruit diverse communities to clinical trials.

Course Time: 45 minutes

Course Materials