NBCI Course study: The History of African American in Clinical Trials

Overcoming historical stigma is a major concern for minority populations and is likely one of the most common factors driving the low participation numbers. For the Black community, the clinical trials are reminders of the often negative intersection of ethics, race, and medicine that has led to distrust.

This course will equip and educate clinicians on the history of abuse that African Americans have experienced by unethical researchers over the past 400 years. NBCI is trying to transform the negative notions concerning African Americans and why they seem extremely reluctant of participating in clinical trials. For avoiding us repeating history, we must know the history and understand the pitfalls and begin to transform the moment into a teaching moment with the purpose of moving African Americans towards better health outcomes.

The student must complete all of the below requirements to obtain a certificate of understanding and continuous education credits (CEC) in the area of the history of African Americans and clinical trials. This course can be taken in one day or over several weeks. We suggest for clarity and understanding of critical educational lessons that the student take this course in one week devoting four hours per day.

1. Lesson One

A Historic Analysis of Medical Abuses and Promises of the Future

This videotape provides a comprehensive view of the history of abuse of white researchers on African American subjects. One should pay particular attention to the nature of the abuse, the abuser, the institutional justification that allows the abuse to take place, and the lack of any systematic sanctions whether criminal or otherwise visited upon the individual researcher or institution.

2. Lesson Two

These three videotapes are an attempt by NBCI to turn the corner on the historic abuse that African Americans suffered over a 400-year period. The student needs to pay particular attention to the issues around cultural competency and the value and benefits of having African American clinicians as both a major and substantive part of the clinical team and why an all-European clinical team may suffer from the issue of cultural competencies.

3. Lesson Three

The student here should familiarize themselves with the issues of informed consent and all of its many important characteristics and elements. The student should also focus intensely on the ethical guidelines for all researchers as directed by the National Institute of Health.

The Unbelievable Story the Immortal Woman (The Henrietta Lacks Story) #onemichistory

Avoiding Ethical Issues in Working with the African American Community

4. Lesson Four

The student should familiarize themselves with the scholarship that has been developed as a result of the systematic abuse of African Americans in clinical trials over the past 400 years.

5. Lesson Five

What really happened during the Tuskegee Experiment - Who is to Blame?

The Tuskegee Experiment: Crash Course Black American History

Black Clinical Trials Reference books

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