National Medical Association

Less than 20% of African-Americans, Hispanics and Asians in the U.S. say they or a family member have ever participated in clinical trials, according to a survey commissioned by Research!America. This lack of inclusion of minority patients can negatively impact the quality of care provided to these patients and ultimately contribute to health disparities. Oftentimes, much of the data supporting approval of new drugs in America is based on clinical trials in non-U.S. populations that poorly reflect American diversity. The lack of U.S. data is, in large part, due to the “difficulty” in recruiting American patients to clinical trials, and represents a barrier to precision medicine. Project...
The December 2015 issue of the The Research Advocate is now online . Highlights from this month include: A new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine highlighting advances in nursing and areas where more work is needed. An update on the FY16 congressional appropriations process. Public Health Thank You Day on November 23 honored public health heroes. A Member Spotlight featuring the National Medical Association. Collection of essays published by FasterCures from leaders in medical research, highlighting innovative ideas to advance innovation. Download the entire December 2015 Research Advocate as a PDF.

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