Navigation Links
Many U.S. Blacks Eager to Take Part in Medical Research

THURSDAY, April 4 (HealthDay News) -- Black Americans are more likely than other racial/ethnic groups to be interested in participating in medical research, including when it involves providing blood or genetic samples, a new study finds.

Now the challenge is to better match that interest with greater inclusion in clinical trials, experts say.

Researchers talked to nearly 6,000 people in five cities: St. Louis, Mo.; Davis, Calif.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York City; and Rochester, N.Y. Interviews were held in places such as barbershops, parks, bus stops, churches, grocery stores, laundromats and health fairs.

The results showed that 91 percent of black Americans who were interviewed expressed an interest in participating in medical research, compared with 85 percent of whites, 84 percent of Hispanics and 79 percent of Asians.

Blacks were also more willing than other racial groups to take part in research even if it might involve providing blood or genetic samples, staying overnight in a hospital, or granting access to their medical records, according to the study recently published online in the American Journal of Public Health.

"For years, African Americans have been underrepresented in research," lead investigator Linda Cottler, chair of epidemiology at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine, said in a university news release.

"Reasons have included mistrust of the medical community and actually not ever being asked to participate in research. Our study shows that while the participation rate among African Americans has been very low, their level of interest in research is high," she said.

Each year, more than 80,000 clinical trials are conducted in the United States, but less than 2 percent of the population participate, according to the news release. Women, the elderly, racial and ethnic minorities, and rural residents are often underrepresented in these studies.

"If we're not getting the participation of diverse groups when we're studying medications or interventions, then we don't know how those treatments will work in real life in different populations," Cottler explained. "It's very important for people to have a voice and be represented."

Another expert discussed the new findings.

"This is a groundbreaking study that demonstrates that members of minority communities are interested in research, especially around the diseases and risk factors that are most common in their families and communities," Dr. Lloyd Michener, chair of community and family medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine, said in the news release.

"As many traditional studies struggle with recruitment, this study suggests that the problem may lie with the lack of awareness of researchers with the methods of community engagement, rather than lack of interest or willingness to engage in research among members of these communities," said Michener, who was not involved in the study.

More information

The U.S. National Institutes of Health has more about clinical trials.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of Florida, news release, April 2, 2013

Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Is Early Baldness in Blacks a Clue to Prostate Cancer?
2. Blacks More Likely to Get Amputations Due to Blocked Blood Flow: Study
3. Vitamin D Supplements Tied to Lower Blood Pressure in Blacks
4. Blacks With Kidney Disease Should Watch for Blood Pressure Shifts: Study
5. Blacks Less Likely to Receive Kidney Transplant Early On, Study Finds
6. U.S. Lung Cancer Deaths Highest for Blacks in Segregated Areas: Study
7. Less Mental Decline Seen in Older Blacks Who Went Hungry as Kids
8. High Blood Pressure Poses Bigger Stroke Risk for Blacks, Study Says
9. Meditation Might Cut Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke in Blacks
10. Study shows whites twice as likely as blacks to get CPR from bystanders
11. Blacks Less Likely to Stick to High Blood Pressure Diet: Study
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Many U.S. Blacks Eager to Take Part in Medical Research
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... PawPaws brand pet supplements ... that was developed to enhance the health of felines. The formula is all-natural and ... main herbs in the PawPaws Cat Kidney Support Supplement Soft Chews are ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Austin residents seeking Mohs surgery services, ... Mohs Surgery and to Dr. Russell Peckham for medical and surgical dermatology. , Dr. ... skin cancer. The selective fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed by Dr. Dorsey was ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... As a lifelong Southern ... Laude and his M.D from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He ... Los Angeles to complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai program ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... A recent article published June 14 on E ... goes on to state that individuals are now more comfortable seeking to undergo not ... as calf and cheek reduction. The Los Angeles area medical group, Beverly Hills Physicians ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Scientific Sessions in Dallas that it will receive two significant new grants to ... came as PHA marked its 25th anniversary by recognizing patients, medical professionals and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 Research and ... Market for Companion Diagnostic Tests" report to their offering. ... for Companion Diagnostics The World Market for ... personalized medicine diagnostics. Market analysis in the report includes the ... Market (In Vitro Diagnostic Kits) by Region (N. America, EU, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Belgium , June 24, 2016 ... today announced the appointment of Dr. Edward ... as a Non-Executive Director, effective June 23, 2016.Dr. ... Compensation and Nominations and Governance Committees.  As a ... will provide independent expertise and strategic counsel to ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016 Research and Markets has ... - Forecast to 2022" report to their offering. ... for the patients with kidney failure, it replaces the function ... the patient,s blood and thus the treatment helps to keep ... in balance. Increasing number of ESRD patients ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: