Sites Establish Job Classifications to Improve Patient and Staff Diversity
Two clinical trial organizations are updating their staff job classifications to improve diversity among personnel as one strategy to strengthen outreach to underrepresented minorities in trials, according to the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP).
The Duke Office of Clinical Research (DOCR) is starting to use a job classification system that will help recruit new clinical trial staff members with diverse backgrounds, such as people who speak foreign languages, especially Spanish.
More sites are following in the footsteps of the DOCR by creating competency-driven job descriptions and mapping clear career paths for clinical trial staff, ACRP says.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), for instance, has adopted the tools established by the DOCR to reach people in underserved communities and help them better understand career opportunities in clinical trials.
The UAB has also created a “Clinical Research Career Ladder” for staff that outlines a clear path for advancement to promote recruitment and retention of staff among minorities.