Attitudes of urban American Indians and alaska natives regarding participation in research

  • Dedra Buchwald
  • Veronica Mendoza-Jenkins
  • Calvin Croy
  • Helen McGough
  • Marjorie Bezdek
  • Paul Spicer
Original Articles

DOI: 10.1111/j.1525-1497.2006.00449.x

Cite this article as:
Buchwald, D., Mendoza-Jenkins, V., Croy, C. et al. J Gen Intern Med (2006) 21: 648. doi:10.1111/j.1525-1497.2006.00449.x

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To determine what factors influence participation in health research among American Indians and Alaska Natives.

METHODS: Using vignettes that described 3 types of research studies (a behavioral intervention trial, a genetic association study, and a pharmacotherapy trial), we surveyed 319 patients and 101 staff from an urban Indian health care facility to ascertain how study design, institutional sponsorship, community involvement, human subjects’ issues, and subject matter influence participation.

RESULTS: Overall response rates were 93% for patients and 75% for staff. Hypothetical participation was highest for the genetic study (patients=64%; staff=48%), followed by the behavioral intervention (patients=46%; staff=42%), and the pharmacotherapy trial (patients=32%; staff=23%). The odds of participation (odds ratio [OR]) were generally increased among patients and staff when the study was conducted by health care providers (OR=1.3 to 2.9) and addressed serious health problems (OR=1.2 to 7.2), but were decreased if the federal government led the study (OR=0.3 to 0.5), confidentiality might be broken (OR=0.1 to 0.3), and compensation was not provided (OR=0.5 to 0.7).

CONCLUSION: Close attention to study type, institutional sponsorship, community involvement, potential risks and benefits, and topic are essential to conceptualizing, designing, and implementing successful health research with American Indian and Alaska Native populations.

Key words

American Indianparticipationresearch

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© Society of General Internal Medicine 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dedra Buchwald
    • 1
  • Veronica Mendoza-Jenkins
    • 2
  • Calvin Croy
    • 4
  • Helen McGough
    • 3
  • Marjorie Bezdek
    • 4
  • Paul Spicer
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of MedicineUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  2. 2.School of MedicineUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  3. 3.Human Subjects OfficeUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  4. 4.American Indian and Alaska Native ProgramsUniversity of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Centerdowntown DenverUSA