Diversity in Clinical Trials: Historical Flaws and Current Laws



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A clinical trial is a research study done on humans in order to assess the effectiveness and safety of a new medical or behavioral treatment or medication in comparison to an existing treatment. A history of racist practices in clinical trials, especially in communities of color, has generated mistrust, skepticism, and unwillingness to participate in clinical trials. Further, healthcare professionals are often hesitant to include and advertise clinical trials to these historically wronged communities. This module will look at the treatment disparities in the trials and then consider advocacy efforts that resulted from these cases, as well as laws and policies that have developed in response to the observed unethical practices.


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