Pride in Prostate Care (PPC) helps external researchers and clinical trials with accrual in several ways by facilitating connections, raising awareness, and providing resources that can increase patient enrollment and engagement in research studies:
- Participant Recruitment: PPC can serve as a platform for connecting researchers and clinical trials with potential participants from its target population—gay and transgender people with prostate cancer. By collaborating with PPC, researchers can reach out to the individuals who have participated in the program’s support groups or accessed its online resource center, potentially increasing patient accrual for their studies.
- Community Outreach: The PPC program can promote research opportunities and clinical trials through its various communication channels, such as support groups, newsletters, social media, and the online resource center. This increased visibility can help researchers and clinical trials reach a wider audience and attract more participants.
- Culturally Competent Research: The specialized training provided by PPC benefits researchers, helping them better understand the unique needs and experiences of gay and transgender people with prostate cancer. By ensuring that research studies and clinical trials are designed with cultural competence in mind, researchers can make their studies more appealing and accessible to potential participants, ultimately improving accrual.
- Building Trust: By collaborating with PPC, researchers and clinical trials can benefit from the trust the program has established with its target population. This trust can help encourage more gay and transgender people with prostate cancer to participate in research studies, as they can be confident that their needs and experiences will be understood and respected.
- Data Sharing: The data collected by PPC can help researchers identify potential gaps in care or areas of need within the gay prostate cancer patient community. By addressing these gaps in their research studies or clinical trials, researchers can make their studies more relevant and attractive to potential participants, ultimately improving accrual.
- Advocacy and Collaboration: The PPC program’s advocacy efforts and collaborations with research institutions can help create an environment encouraging patient participation in research studies and clinical trials. By working together, PPC and external researchers can demonstrate their commitment to improving health equity and addressing the unique needs of gay and transgender people with prostate cancer, making it more likely that individuals from this population will choose to participate in research studies.
Overall, by providing a platform for connection, raising awareness about research opportunities, and ensuring that research studies are designed with cultural competence and inclusivity in mind, Pride in Prostate Care can play a significant role in improving patient accrual for external researchers and clinical trials interesting in gay and transgender people with prostate cancer.