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Am Soc Clin Oncol Educ Book. 2014:e111-5. doi: 10.14694/EdBook_AM.2014.34.e111.

ASCO's Community Research Forum: addressing challenges of community-based research from the grass roots.

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From the Virginia Cancer Specialists, Fairfax, VA; Yale Cancer Center, New Haven, CT; American Society of Clinical Oncology, Alexandria, VA.

Abstract

ASCO's Community Research Forum is a solution-oriented venue for community research sites to overcome barriers to conducting clinical trials. The key objectives of the Forum are to (1) convene community-based researchers to identify challenges to conducting research that ASCO can address, (2) develop solution-oriented projects to address these challenges to facilitate clinical trial participation in community research settings, and (3) shape ASCO programs and policies to support members engaged in community research. The Community Research Forum holds an annual in-person meeting that convenes physician investigators, research administrators, research nurses, and clinical research associates from community-based research programs and practices. To meet identified needs, the Community Research Forum has developed the ASCO Clinical Trial Workload Assessment Tool and the ASCO Research Program Quality Assessment Tool. Both of these tools will be available to the public in 2014. The Forum is currently exploring the concept and potential metrics of a research certification program to formally assess community-based research programs, and to identify gaps and areas to improve the program in order to meet quality standards. The Community Research Forum's website aims to serve as a go-to resource for community-based physician investigators and research staff. The Community Research Forum will continue to provide a forum for community-based researchers to network, share challenges, and develop initiatives that provide solutions and facilitate the conduct of clinical trials.

PMID:
24857088
DOI:
10.14694/EdBook_AM.2014.34.e111
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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