Study Looks at Black Participation in Clinical Trials

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A study being conducted in three Southern states is part of an effort to determine why more Black people aren’t involved in clinical trials involving lung cancer research. The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Augusta University in Georgia, and Vanderbilt University’s medical center in Tennessee will be part of a study to examine factors that prevent more Black people from participating in such programs. Participation by U.S. cancer patients in clinical trials is low at around 8% in all, and the rate is still lower among racial and ethnic minority groups. UAB professor Monica Baskin says diversity in clinical trials is essential in finding treatments that are effective for everyone.

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