'I heard about this study on the radio': using community radio to strengthen Good Participatory Practice in HIV prevention trials

Medeossi B.J., Stadler J, Delany-Moretlwe S. BMC Public Health, 2014; bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2458-14-876

Community radio is a potent tool for raising awareness and local knowledge about medical research and, in addition to other methodologies, can be used to promote recruitment into clinical trials. From a post hoc analysis of responses to a weekly radio program broadcast using community radio during clinical trial research in Johannesburg, South Africa, it emerges that the broadcasts:

  • made women aware of the trial
  • impressed them with the importance of health screening and knowledge
  • legitimized trial participation
  • stimulated dialogue between trial participants and their male partners

Future HIV prevention trials should consider an investment in community radio beyond recruitment advertisements, incorporating community radio into the broader community engagement plan as a key element of Good Participatory Practice in clinical trial settings.

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