Breakthrough Patient Recruitment

Addressing the Underrepresentation of Latinos in Clinical Trials

Latinos are a population of particular interest for health care initiatives because Latinos are the largest minority group in the United States, have a younger median age than the national average, and are a rapidly growing population.  Despite the attractiveness of this group as a target population, Latino representation in clinical trials falls far short of their proportion of the total population. As Latinos are more likely to enroll and remain in a clinical trial when r… [Read More]

Addressing the Underrepresentation of African Americans in Clinical Trials

African Americans' underrepresentation in clinical trials is often framed as the legacy of historical, institutionalized racism in scientific research. Tragedies such as the Tuskegee Syphilis study are highlighted as events that magnified lack of trust among African Americans toward researchers and research institutions. Thus, lack of trust has emerged as a critical theme when examining barriers to African Americans' participation in clinical trials.   A history of institut… [Read More]

Redefining Barriers to Minority Participation in Clinical Trials

April is Minority Health Month, a month-long effort to raise awareness about health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities. In this series, titled "Recognizing Unseen Opportunities: Increasing Recruitment and Retention of Ethnic and Racial Minority Populations in U.S. Clinical Trials," the Healthyist explores barriers to minority participation in clinical trials and discusses the importance of addressing the issue. As the ethnic and racial diversity of the U… [Read More]


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