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Clinical trials provide an opportunity for patients to receive cutting-edge care. Unfortunately, ethnically diverse patients often miss out on the opportunity to participate in clinical trials because they lack access to referrals or feel uncertain about what participation entails. Increasing diverse participation in clinical trials is crucial, to ensure new medications and treatments work for all patients. In addition, some diseases have a higher prevalence in some communities of color, such as sickle cell anemia and certain cancers. The CMA Foundation is working with the Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) to create materials to encourage conversations between physicians and patients about clinical trials.
What is a clinical trial? A clinical trial is a study about a new medicine or therapy. Clinical trials help doctors and scientists find out if new medicines work so that they can help prevent and cure diseases. Clinical trials are also known as studies, protocols or research.
How much do clinical trials cost? Clinical trials are often, but not always, sponsored. These sponsors may cover the full cost of participation or just the cost of the new drug or therapy. Some costs may also be covered by health insurance.
Why is it important to be a part of clinical trials? Taking part in a clinical trial gives patients access to new treatments and specialty doctors, while helping other patients by aiding in the development of better and more effective treatments.
Who joins clinical trials? Different factors, like age, medical history and current medical condition, can make certain people a better fit depending on the clinical trial. Every trial is different. Some studies look for patients with a specific condition, while others need healthy patients.