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

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

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)705-712
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2022


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