Barriers and facilitators to participation in clinical trial among lymphoma patients from Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center in China: An observation study

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Recruitment rate of clinical trials in cancer patients is pretty low in China. Little is known about factors influencing trial recruitment in Chinese cancer patients. The aim of present study is to evaluate the barriers and facilitators to participation in clinical trials among lymphoma patients in China.

From December 2014 to August 2015, the survey was carried out in the Department of Medical Oncology in Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center. A self-made questionnaire was used among lymphoma patients (N = 331) to evaluate their attitude toward clinical trials. The questionnaire included 2 parts: patients’ basic information and whether they were willing to participate in future clinical trials and their reasons.

There were 53.5% patients willing to participate in clinical trials. The most common reasons were thirst for new treatments, trust on hospital and doctors, the idea that clinical trials may be more effective than conventional therapy, and to get more management and monitoring. The following patients are more likely to participate in clinical trials: patients who have children (P = .019) or spouse (P = .037), cannot afford treatment cost (P = .019), have tumor relapse (P = .045), and cared about the medical development (P = .032). Patients who have little knowledge of clinical trials are less likely to participate in clinical trials (P = .047).

Popularization of knowledge about clinical trial is helpful to improve clinical trial participation in Chinese lymphoma patients.

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