Are Preconceived Notions Keeping Patients Out Of Trials?


What’s the issue? Minorities face a unique barrier to clinical trial enrollment: stereotyping by researchers and physicians. The perception that minority patients are difficult to reach and "non-compliant” can mean these patients are not offered participation in a trial.

What do we hear from patients? “I’m angry. My doctor had preconceived notions of what I was capable of. He said I wouldn’t be a ‘good fit’. He used words like ‘in your community.’” - African American woman at a Patient Partner Workshop

What can we do? The FDA has declared 2016 the Year of Diversity in Clinical Trials. Sponsors and CROs need to make investigators aware of potential racial bias in participant selection.

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