Multiple Comorbidities and Interest in Research Participation Among Clients of a Nonprofit Food Distribution Site

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This article seeks to better understand the health needs of a nonclinical population to inform future research and interventions.

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Higashi, Robin T.; Craddock Lee, Simon J.; Leonard, Tammy; Cuate, Erica L.; Cole, Jay & Pruitt, Sandi L. August 17, 2015.

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  • Higashi, Robin T. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Craddock Lee, Simon J. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center
  • Leonard, Tammy University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; University of Dallas; University of North Texas
  • Cuate, Erica L. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Cole, Jay Crossroads Community Services
  • Pruitt, Sandi L. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center

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This article seeks to better understand the health needs of a nonclinical population to inform future research and interventions.

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Abstract:
Background
Persons accessing food from nonprofit distribution sites face numerous challenges and typically have significant unmet health needs. However, given limited and intermittent healthcare system engagement, this vulnerable population is underrepresented in clinical research. We sought to better understand the health needs of a nonclinical population to inform future research and interventions.
Methods
Focus groups were conducted in English (n = 4) and Spanish (n = 4) with clients of Crossroads Community Services (CCS), the largest distributor of North Texas Food Bank. Discussions probed participants’ health status, healthcare utilization, understanding and utilization of mammography, and attitudes toward participation in research.
Results
Participants included 42 CCS clients, primarily Hispanic or African American women. Participants reported multiple comorbid conditions among household members, yet utilization of health services was often limited by cost. The majority expressed interest in participating in research to communicate their health concerns and obtain emotional support.
Conclusion
CCS clients represent a high-need, under-reached population willing to engage in health-related research that affords them opportunity to connect with peers in group settings and obtain information to improve management of daily life challenges. The Community Assistance Research (CARe) Initiative, a community–academic collaboration, establishes a much-needed opportunity for ongoing clinical research and intervention among this underserved population.

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  • Clinical and Translational Science, 2015. Alexandria, VA: American Society for Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics

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  • Publication Title: Clinical and Translational Science
  • Volume: 8
  • Issue: 5
  • Pages: 584-590
  • Peer Reviewed: Yes

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Higashi, Robin T.; Craddock Lee, Simon J.; Leonard, Tammy; Cuate, Erica L.; Cole, Jay & Pruitt, Sandi L. Multiple Comorbidities and Interest in Research Participation Among Clients of a Nonprofit Food Distribution Site, article, August 17, 2015; Alexandria, Virginia. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc993397/: accessed November 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Arts and Sciences.