Each day, new treatments are being developed to address the health challenges facing diverse communities, including African American, Asian American and Hispanic populations. Unfortunately, these communities are underrepresented in the clinical trials that test the effectiveness of treatments. We can change that.
Clinical trials are used to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of potential medications by monitoring their effects in individuals who volunteer to participate.
This process should accurately take into account the patient populations that will eventually take them. However, that’s simply not happening.
The Clinical Trial Engagement Network will serve as the healthcare industry resource addressing a critical need in drug research – improving the representation of diverse populations, including African Americans, Asian Americans and Hispanics, in clinical trials.
Clinical trial sponsors that join the Clinical Trial Engagement Network, gain exposure to, and connect with, clinical trial investigators and diverse patients who volunteer to be considered for clinical trials. These sponsors can access the Clinical Trial Recruitment Center, a secure web-based tool containing zip code level maps showing not only these investigators and patient volunteers, but also disease prevalence and counts, clinical trial locations and minority-serving physicians, hospitals, clinics, academic research centers, physician networks and other points of care, patient advocacy organizations and key influencers serving diverse communities.