Community-Engaged Approaches for Minority Recruitment Into Clinical Research: A Scoping Review of the Literature

Mark L. Wieland, Jane W. Njeru, Fares Alahdab, Chyke A. Doubeni, Irene G. Sia

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Underrepresentation of racial and ethnic minority populations in clinical research persists in the United States, highlighting the unmet ideals of generalizability and equity of research findings and products. Previous systematic reviews exploring various facets of this phenomenon concluded that community engagement with minority groups may effectively promote recruitment and retention, but the ways in which community-engaged approaches have been used for recruitment have not been examined. We performed a scoping review of the literature to identify studies of community-engaged recruitment processes. The search resulted in 2842 articles, of which 66 met inclusion criteria. These articles demonstrated a relatively large literature base of descriptive studies conveying details of community engagement approaches to enhance recruitment of minority research participants. We summarize key aspects of current practices across the spectrum of community engagement. A gap in the literature is the relative lack of the comparative studies among different engagement strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)733-743
Number of pages11
JournalMayo Clinic proceedings
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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