Who is underrepresented in clinical trials?

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Groups of people that are underrepresented in clinical trials include people who are:

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic
  • Aged 65 or older

Who takes part in a study depends on the type of study. People who are not underrepresented in one type of study may be underrepresented in another. For example, women make up around half of all clinical trial participants. Yet women only make up around one third of people in clinical trials focused on the heart. This is a problem because heart diseases are the leading cause of death among both men and women.

Read: Women Are Still Underrepresented in Clinical Trials for Cardiovascular Disease Drugs