Community-Based Clinical Trials: The Role of Nurses in Increasing Enrollment

Siby Varughese

Lynn Glenn

Stacey Alphas

oncology, nursing, research, clinical trials enrollment, community care
CJON 2020, 24(2), 205-207. DOI: 10.1188/20.CJON.205-207

Increased awareness, institutional commitment, and nurse champions are critical to expanding access to clinical trials in the community setting. Nursing leadership in clinical research can affect accrual and retention in research studies.


  • Clinical trials enrollment in the community setting is pivotal to extending opportunities for investigational treatment to patients. 
  • Even with limited infrastructure and personnel in the community setting, there is a unique opportunity for nurses to lead clinical research engagement.
  • The role of nurses in the community setting can be leveraged to provide on-site expertise to increase enrollment in trials beyond academic medical centers.
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