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Biospecimen Collection and Use in Research

biospecimenAfrican Americans’ Beliefs about Biospecimen Collection and Use in Research” examines the causes of difficulties in biological collection in minority populations. The specific aims are:

1) to conduct focus groups and administer a survey to determine the knowledge and attitudes of a sample of older underserved African American adults in southeast Michigan to assess how they feel about biospecimen collection and use for cancer research

2) to conduct exploratory analyses using survey data to determine the associations among the respondents’ demographic characteristics, health status, and attitudes toward research and their willingness to participate in biospecimen collection for processing, banking and analysis of their biospecimens

3) to develop and test a pilot educational intervention to improve knowledge and attitudes of older African American adults about how biospecimen collection and banking can contribute to the reduction of disparities in health outcomes.