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Table 2 Feedback from Community Advisors on Research Design and Strategies (CARDS) a

From: Preliminary engagement of a patient advisory board of African American community members with type 2 diabetes in a peer-led medication adherence intervention

Topic Comments/Suggestions How the research team adapted the suggestions
Peer buddy recruitment flyer The title does not grab attention; CARDS noted they did not immediately understand participation was needed in the study Clearly state that this is a research opportunity specifically for African Americans
Excessive wording Trimmed down wording
Clarify that participants can be on insulin Re-specified the inclusion criteria to include those on oral medicines or insulin
How many sessions and how long is each? How many total hours and weeks will this project require? Included more detailed information about the sessions
Emphasize that the first two sessions are educational– may be appealing to some Renamed the pharmacist and dietician sessions to include the word “education”
Pay policy for peer ambassadors Clearly specify pay policy if peer ambassadors miss study activities or arrive late/leave early Included information about maximum earning amount and absence/late arrival/early leaving policy
Peer ambassador job description What is “ethics training”? Several CARDS expressed confusion (“Teaching me how to be an ethical person? An ethical African American?”) Clarified ethics training description and why it was a requirement for the peer ambassador
Ethics training for peer ambassadors Can it be called a “certification”? (“I get training and a certificate that I could use elsewhere.”) Created a certificate and provided it to those who completed the ethics training
Title of peer participants Some CARDS members preferred the title ‘peer buddy’. Some CARD members felt that “peer ambassador” was formal and off-putting, but other community advisors thought it sounded very “official” and liked it. Retained “peer ambassador” name as advised. Peer buddy was retained for use in describing participants with medication adherence challenges.
Program location Several CARDS members were concerned about location, especially if sessions were at rush hour Confirmed with peer ambassadors that location and timing of meetings were convenient.
  1. aCARDS provided feedback on project items including the recruitment flyer and peer ambassador job description to the research team at a community education center on December 11, 2017
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