The research team component of the STRIDE intervention hinges on an innovative application of medical simulation to improve the cultural sensitivity of those recruiting and enrolling diverse participants.
Through this process, trained community members served as “Acting Research Participants” similar to the well-established standardized-patients methodology. Acting Research Participants engage with research assistants in mock recruitment scenarios for enrollment in a clinical trial in the setting of the simulation center, which is capable of replicating common recruitment venues and providing hands-on, experiential learning in a structured environment. Practice in this safe environment promotes learning critical communication skills to address emotionally sensitive, cross-cultural issues that arise in the process of informed consent. This process was developed through a bi-directional partnership with our community partners.