Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department or School

Health Sciences

Committee Member

Irwin Martin, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Jean Rowan, M.D., M.S.


The objective of this study was to identify the impact of professional knowledge and education on a willingness to participate in clinical trials. It hypothesized that there is no statistical difference in the median rank score between clinical research professionals and other post-graduate educated participants. The research question asked whether the clinical research program graduates were more inclined to participate in clinical trials than other groups with a post-graduate education. A cross-sectional quantitative study of 83 clinical research professionals was conducted. All participants were invited to complete a shortened version of the Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) survey assessing their willingness to participate in clinical trials. This study showed that there is a significant difference between the two groups. Although some factors must be considered when determining their actual participation rate, these findings should not discourage recruiting clinical research professionals into clinical trials.