C.H.E.E.R.s to Clinical Trial Volunteers! 1

Photo by Ryan McGuire from Gratisography.com

Photo by Ryan McGuire from Gratisography.com

Enrolling in a clinical trial is a courageous decision. Research volunteers often take on a significant amount of inconvenience and burden in order to participate. And, unfortunately, they are rarely thanked enough for their contributions to modern medicine. The Center for Information & Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) notes that many participants report feeling “no longer valued” by research staff after the conclusion of their trial.

To help give clinical trial participants more of the recognition they deserve HealthiVibePartners in Research, the I’m In Campaign, the Coalition for Clinical Trials Awareness, and PhRMA have planned a series of activities to take place during Clinical Trials Awareness Week (May 4 – 8).

There are three ways you can help celebrate clinical trial participants and bring awareness to clinical research:

  • Give a shout out to a clinical research hero through social media using the hashtag #iCHEER4u
  • Log on to the Clinical Trial Participation Google Hangout on May 6 from 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • Participate in the Clinical Trial Awareness Week tweet chat on May 7 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Use the hashtag #CTAW.

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How Can We Increase Minority Participation in Clinical Trials? #NMHM 1

Throughout the month of April, people working in all facets of healthcare have been discussing efforts surrounding National Minority Health Month. This time is set aside each year to address the health disparities that affect racial and ethnic minorities.

One such disparity, unfortunately, exists in the world of drug development. For example, according to the FDA, African-Americans represent 12 percent of the total U.S. population, but only 5 percent of clinical trial participants. Hispanics account for 16 percent of the total population but only 1 percent of trial volunteers. 

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