How does diversity impact clinical trials?

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A person’s response to diseases and medications can depend on many things. Some factors include a person’s genes, ethnicity, sex, and lifestyle. Different groups can process medications differently. Also, medications that work for one group may not work for another. It is important to have diverse groups of people taking part in clinical trials so that the trials can:

  • Produce study results represent the general population.
  • Make sure new treatments and medications work for people of all backgrounds.

If diverse groups of people take part in clinical trials, medications and treatments should work for more people.