The Community Research and Care Branch is a site of supervised training for rheumatology fellows and permits the evaluation and treatment of subjects who are members of the minority community. Our protocol aims to facilitate understanding of the pathogenesis and natural history of rheumatic diseases in this community.
Patients are evaluated by considering their medical history and a physical examination. Routine laboratory studies are obtained as needed to assess diagnosis, disease activity, disease complications, and to monitor for treatment-related responses and toxicities.
Health care disparities impact the recruitment of minorities to clinical research protocols. We seek to overcome challenges to minority engagement in research by incorporating person-centered care concepts into our protocol. We identify patient-specific, provider-specific, and industry-specific barriers to care that impact upon knowledge of, access to, and trust in, participation in medical research. We then seek to implement strategies that incorporate holistic, respectful, and empowering behavior in order to create a Person-Centered Research protocol.