Date of Award

5-1-2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Field of Study

Clinical Research Management

First Advisor

Ladislav Dory

Abstract

Although clinical trials are essential for the development of cancer treatments, only approximately 3% of cancer patients in the U.S. participate in them. While 55% of these patients are enrolled in cancer clinical trials through community-based practices and around 80% of all cancer patients are seen at this type of practice, there is a lack of knowledge about the enrollment barriers at these sites. This study evaluates enrollment barriers at a community-based cancer clinic at the levels of the investigative site, healthcare provider, and patient. Barriers to enrollment and strategies to increase enrollment are evaluated through historical data analyses and results from a survey assessing the opinions of healthcare providers on enrollment and research practices.

Comments

Gokul, Sheila R., Identifying Barriers to Enrollment and Strategies to Increase Enrollment at a Community-Based Cancer Treatment Center. Master of Science (Clinical Research Management), April, 2014, 108 pp., 12 tables, 1 figure, bibliography, 51 titles.