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IMPACT initiative looks to improve patient participation in clinical trials
Date:9/17/2007

istant professor of communication at Cornell. "We will be using two proven approaches -- the model of Risk Information Seeking and Processing, and Theory of Planned Behavior. These will allow us to examine specific factors that influence how patients inform themselves about a clinical trial and decide whether to participate."

IMPACT investigators will collaborate with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which has helped finance the first phase of the project, including a national survey on attitudes toward participation in clinical trials. The funding will also support a doctoral student in the Department of Communication.

"Our aim is to provide data-supported recommendations for strategies to improve the accrual of patients in clinical trials," said Andrew Dannenberg, also a co-leader of the IMPACT project, professor of medicine at WCMC and attending physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Future phases of the study will develop specific tools to better educate patients about clinical trials and break down common barriers to participation, Dannenberg added, "so that new therapies for many disorders can be more rapidly designed and evaluated in order to deliver their maximal benefit."


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