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Diversity among research staff found to increase participation of underrepresented patients in clinical studies

Written by: Boston Medical Center
Published on: Mar 4, 2024

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New research from Boston Medical Center found that research staff who interact with patients of the same race or ethnicity increased the odds of those patients agreeing to participate in clinical studies by almost a factor of 3.

"Understanding ways to improve recruitment of racially and ethnically underrepresented patients in clinical research is critical," said Manju Subramanian, MD. "In order to provide the best care for all patients, we must conduct clinical trials involving diverse patient cohorts that match the demographics and disease burden of the populations that we serve, because this ensures that study results are broadly applicable."

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