HIT Consultant December 6, 2022
Rachael Scott, Chief Commercial Officer, Lightship

Making clinical trials equitable is one of the biggest challenges we face as an industry. We see this time and again, with one of the latest examples coming in the form of a study published in JAMA Network Open that found substantial underrepresentation of Black patients enrolled in pivotal trials for CAR-T therapy.  

Women are another demographic negatively affected by inequality in clinical research. Earlier this month [May 2022] the American Heart Association issued a presidential advisory warning that gaps in cardiovascular disease research are putting the lives of female patients at risk.  There are socio-economic disparities, too. For example, those with household incomes below $50,000 dollars per year are 27% less likely to participate in clinical trials.

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