Willingness of a Multiethnic Immigrant Population to Donate Biospecimens for Research Purposes




Raines-Milenkov, Amy
Felini, Martha
Baker, Eva
Acharya, Rushil
Longanga Diese, Elvis
Onsa, Sara
Iang, Hlawn
Abdi, Anab
Akpan, Idara N.
Hussain, Arbaz


0000-0002-8178-0779 (Raines-Milenkov, Amy)
0000-0003-0916-432X (Wagner, Teresa)
0000-0003-2993-2939 (Akpan, Idara)

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This cross-sectional study explores the willingness to donate biospecimens for research purposes among six refugee communities in North Texas (spanning Myanmar, Central Africa, Somalia, Nepal, Arabic speaking countries, and others). Participants were asked four questions about biospecimen donation: (1) previously asked to donate, (2) ever agreed to donate, (3) willingness to donate for future research, and (4) what samples they would be willing to donate. Most participants (77%) were willing to donate biosamples for medical research; 58% were willing to donate samples. Fewer refugees from Somalia were willing to donate compared to immigrants from Myanmar, Central Africa, and Nepal (p < 0.01). Participants in the older age group (40 + years) were 3.2 times more likely to be willing for donation of biospecimens than the younger ones (OR 3.22, 95% CI 1.22, 8.55). Findings suggest refugees' willingness to participate in biospecimen donation which support intentional inclusion of multicultural populations into medical research.



Raines-Milenkov, A., Felini, M., Baker, E., Acharya, R., Diese, E. L., Onsa, S., Iang, H., Abdi, A., Akpan, I., Hussain, A., Wagner, T., & Hughes, J. (2022). Willingness of a Multiethnic Immigrant Population to Donate Biospecimens for Research Purposes. Journal of immigrant and minority health, 24(3), 705-712.


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