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J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2016;27(2):722-40. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2016.0070.

Building a "Deep Fund of Good Will": Reframing Research Engagement.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The engagement of underrepresented populations in health research has been an ongoing challenge. Yet, the participation of these groups is recognized as key to health equity.

METHODS:

Semi-structured interviews with 31 experienced investigators successful in the recruitment of underrepresented minorities were analyzed with reference to the concept of social capital to determine: 1) if it is actually in use by successful researchers although yet unidentified as such; and 2) if the rubric could shed light on new directions especially for those who find it difficult to implement community-engaged recruitment methods systematically.

RESULTS:

Findings indicate that some elements of the concept of social capital are being used successfully, but that there are also substantial barriers to its full implementation.

CONCLUSION:

A lack of enforceable trust and associated institutional support for researchers is a detriment to research engagement. Efforts to remedy this would benefit large research projects, including clinical trials.

PMID:
27180705
PMCID:
PMC5502676
DOI:
10.1353/hpu.2016.0070
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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