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Underrepresented Populations


Clinical trial roadblocks may include:

  • Transportation issues to and from the treating trial center
  • Additional costs associated with daily living expenses while undergoing treatment
  • Lack of childcare while participating in the clinical trial
  • Regional and/or family customs
  • Language barriers are contributing factors to lower enrollment. Language lines are available for non-English speaking individuals should they wish to seek additional information on participation.
  • Lengthy and complex consent forms
  • Vague information about insurance coverage of clinical trials
  • Doubts about safety of the trial also play a role in decreased enrollment
  • Employment issues such as decreased pay or lack of paid time off


With increased awareness and education targeted at underrepresented populations the ultimate goal will be to ensure a more equal enrollment of that group in clinical trials.




12[1]AARP Bulletin Today, Seniors, Women and Minorities Underrepresented in Clinical Trials, Experts Say. Retrieved 2/28/2009 from
http://bulletin.aaqwrg/yourhealth/policy/articles/clinical trials why.html



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