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Who’s included? The role of the Clinical Research Nurse in enabling research participation for under-represented and under-served groups

Beer, K., Gentgall, M., Templeton, N., Whitehouse, C. and Straiton, N. (2022) Who’s included? The role of the Clinical Research Nurse in enabling research participation for under-represented and under-served groups. Journal of Research in Nursing, 27 (1-2). pp. 143-154.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1177/17449871221077076
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Abstract

Background

There is a global call for more inclusive clinical research that is representative of all populations, particularly those historically under-represented or under-served. A lack of broad representation results in disproportionate health outcomes and limits the applicability and translation of research findings.

Aim

Identify and describe barriers to participation across the research lifecycle and consider the role of the Clinical Research Nurse (CRN) in promoting inclusivity, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples within Australia.

Discussion

Review of recent literature and best practice identified barriers to research participation across the research process; at system, participant and practitioner levels. This discussion paper explores the role of the CRN; acting as enablers, facilitators and navigators, to mitigate participation barriers.

Conclusion

With their comprehensive understanding of the research process, clinical care pathways, reflective practices and participant-centred approaches, CRNs are uniquely positioned to advocate for greater equity in access to clinical research and to motivate stakeholders across the research enterprise to embed inclusive approaches in the design, conduct and dissemination of research.

Implications for Practice

An in-depth understanding of the research process, self, and cultural norms of the populations they serve is essential for CRNs to effectively advocate for equity in access to research.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Centre for Molecular Medicine and Innovative Therapeutics (CMMIT)
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Copyright: © 2022 SAGE Publications
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/64544
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