Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes Research Network (ECHORN) (ECHORN)
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01994811
Recruitment Status :
Active, not recruiting
First Posted : November 26, 2013
Last Update Posted : June 16, 2021
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
The Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes Research Network (ECHORN) is a collaborative research study that examines the lifestyles, eating habits, and health behaviors associated with cancer, diabetes and heart disease in adult men and women living in the Eastern Caribbean.
Condition or disease
The Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes Research Network (ECHORN) has two aims: (1) To form a research collaborative across the Eastern Caribbean islands of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Barbados, and Trinidad & Tobago to recruit and follow a community-dwelling adult cohort to estimate the prevalence of known and potential risk factors associated with the development of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes and (2) To enhance health outcomes research leadership capacity in the region through a series of dedicated activities locally and abroad. ECHORN will expand clinical research with racial/ethnic minority populations in a transitioning part of the globe now threatened with an epidemic of noncommunicable chronic diseases (NCD). ECHORN's findings will have direct implications for the health disparities research and policy agenda in the mainland United States. In the long term, the links ECHORN will facilitate with local health policy delegations and global strategic organizational partners will promote the translation of research to improve health outcomes across the region. The collection and storage of biological specimens will also contribute to national biomonitoring projects and has the potential to identify unique risk and protective factors in the development of NCD.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years and older (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
We have enrolled and are following a community-based sample of the 4 ECHORN sites combined (total n = 2,957). We seek to populate the cohort to roughly approximate the populations of the participating sites and deliberately oversample from Barbados and the U.S.Virgin Islands(USVI) to maximize sample heterogeneity along race/ethnicity/culture. Puerto Rico residents comprise 26% of the cohort (n=766 total), Trinidad and Tobago residents at 28% (n=829 total), Barbados residents at 34% (n=1009) and the USVI at 12% (n=353).
Greater than or equal to 18 years of age
English or Spanish language speaking
Resident of island at least 10 years
Able to provide informed consent
Non-institutionalized at the time of data collection
Stable contact/residential information
No plans to relocate from island within the next 5 years
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD:
A Data Access and Scientific Review Committee (DASR), was been established to oversee requests for research collaboration (e.g. ancillary studies, secondary data analyses, etc.) to ensure they are within the scope of ECHORN's research mandate. Per the ECHORN Data Access Policy, data from ECHORN's research studies will be available to only internal ECHORN researchers for up to 3 years post data collection completion. Following that period, de-identified, limited ECHORN datasets will be made available for public access.