Cultural Congruence in International Genetics Research

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00767858
First received: October 6, 2008
Last updated: March 14, 2014
Last verified: July 2013
  Purpose

This study will explore how cultural differences influence genetics research in developing countries. Human genetics research is becoming more common in developing countries. However, when research is conducted with people living in developing countries, there is a chance that culture differences can lead to misunderstandings between investigators and participants, resulting in ineffective research. This study will explore challenges facing investigators conducting genetics research in developing countries and opportunities to improve this kind of research.

Scientists who have conducted genetics research in a developing country may be eligible to participate in this study. Participants are interviewed by telephone. The interview, which lasts about an hour, includes questions about the researchers decision to conduct the study they have done, the times they noticed that culture played a role in the research and the times that were more challenging and less challenging.

The interviews are recorded, transcribed and analyzed for themes related to cultural congruence and specific challenges and opportunities with regard to cultural congruence.


Condition
Cultural Diversity

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Cultural Congruence in International Genetics Research: Perceptions of Opportunities and Challenges Among Researchers

Further study details as provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):

Estimated Enrollment: 45
Study Start Date: September 2008
Detailed Description:

The objective of the proposed study is to describe cultural congruence, including diversity, awareness, sensitivity, and competence in people conducting human genetics research in developing countries, as well as to explore challenges and opportunities to improve cultural congruence. Human genetics research is becoming more common in developing countries, as researchers take advantage of differences in environment and population diversity. However, when research is conducted with individuals living in developing countries, there is a chance that culture will lead to misunderstandings between investigators and participants and consequently ineffective research. The proposed study uses a cross-sectional semi-structured qualitative interview design. Thirty to forty-five participants will be recruited. Participants will be researchers with experience in conducting genetics research in developing countries, who will have had direct contact with the participants in their research studies. These researchers will be recruited from professional organizations, through identification of lead authors in literature searches, and through snowball recruitment. Interviews will be conducted by telephone, recorded, transcribed, and analyzed for themes related to cultural congruence and specific challenges and opportunities with regard to cultural congruence.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria
  • INCLUSION CRITERIA:
  • Participants will include genetics researchers who have had direct contact with participants in human genetic research in developing countries. A researcher may be defined as any project staff, faculty, or investigator involved in carrying out a genetics research protocol in a developing country. Project staff are included as potential participants so that whoever has most contact with genetic research participants is able to participate in the proposed study.
  • Researchers will be able to decide whether the country that they are working in is defined as a developing country, as opposed to dictating a fixed list of countries that qualify. This will be assessed by participant report during the screening process.

EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

  • Researchers who do research in developing countries but do not have direct contact with human participants.
  • Participants who are non-English-speaking or under the age of 18.
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00767858

Locations
United States, Maryland
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), 9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Barbara B Biesecker National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
  More Information

Publications:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00767858     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 999908225, 08-HG-N225
Study First Received: October 6, 2008
Last Updated: March 14, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Cultural Congruence
International Genetics Research
Human Genetic Research
Interview

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on April 21, 2014