Performance Improvement 2011-2012. Can Clinical Research Infrastructure Be Established at Community-Based Institutions?


The National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Cancer Disparities Research Partnership (CDRP) pilot program sought to help reduce the negative consequences of cancer health disparities seen in targeted U.S. populations: Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Asian, elderly, and low-income. The pilot program was a 5-year planning grant designed to provide state-of-the-art radiation therapy; train new health disparities researchers; develop radiation oncology clinical trials research in community-based institutions with a disproportionate share of medically underserved, low-income, and racial and ethnic minority populations; offer quality cancer care to disparate populations; and build partnerships between academic institutions and community researchers. The pilot program also included community outreach and educational activities to increase knowledge and awareness of cancer and related services and clinical trials. The evaluation measured the relevance, effectiveness, and impact of the pilot program using a mix of qualitative and quantitative data. Data on program processes provided information on program activities, challenges, outputs, and short-term results. An assessment of program outcomes yielded information on project accomplishments and activities that led to attainment of CDRP's intermediate and long-term goals.

Evaluators found that the pilot program accomplished its goals of training community-based clinicians as health disparities researchers, and building radiation oncology clinical trial research infrastructure in community-based institutions. The pilot program created a culture of clinical trial research in community-based institutions and among community physicians where it did not exist before. It demonstrated that enrollment in clinical trials sponsored by community institutions was possible. Tremendous support from NCI, community organizations, physicians and the hospital community are required if new community-based institutions plan to take this path to address cancer health disparities.

Report Title: Cancer Disparities Research Partnership (CDRP) Final Program Evaluation Report
Agency Sponsor: NIH, National Institutes of Health
Federal Contact: Rosanna Ng, 301-496-5367
Performer: NOVA Research Company
Record ID: 9384 (Report issued June 18, 2010)


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