Diversifying Cardiovascular Clinical Trials? BIDMC Study Suggests Designing This Into the Protocol Upfront

Diversity Cardiovascular Clinical Trials to Include more Blacks? Include Directly in the Protocols According BIDMC Study Results

Einstein purportedly declared, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." This declaration could just as easily be applied to clinical trial sponsors seeking to diversify their patient participation but using the same methods over and over, year after year. Now, however, a research team from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) published study results in the Journal of the American Heart Association indicating that despite Blacks being proportionately affected by cardiovascular disease, they continue to be underrepresented in cardiovascular disease clinical research trials in the United States. This is despite decades of government-funded efforts to drive more diverse participation. What does BIDMC recommend for a different set of results? They zero in on a fundamental problem—the study protocol. Unless those instruments change to drive diversity authoritatively, the same results will ensure.

The Problem

Black adults are disproportionately affected by cardiovascular disease but underrepresented in the appropriate clinical research trials in the United States.

The Study

The Boston-based research team systematically re...

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