In recent years, an increasingly bright spotlight has been shined on the need to include more diverse populations, including women and people of color, in medical research and clinical trials. One particularly critical need is that for more LGBT participants in trials.
At the beginning of 2013, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a plan to increase support for recruiting members of the LGBT community for clinical trials. The NIH identified at least 12 health areas where a gap in care for LGBT patients existed, including depression and obesity. Legislators in Washington State are leading the charge in closing these gaps, passing a bill in April that will increase focus on including more lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in research efforts to better address their health needs.
An article from the Center for Healthcare Innovation explained how important inclusiveness is:
“A large percentage of clinical trials are failing to meet benchmarks necessary to represent patient populations as a whole. In fact, for clinical trials across the United States, it was determined that less than two percent of trials funded by the National Cancer Institute reached the benchmarks the NIH has set for including minority participants. By excluding minority populations from clinical trials, the health of LGBT members, as well as the health of men and women of color, are put at risk.”
It is more important than ever that researchers and medical professionals take the unique health needs of the LGBT community into account when conducting clinical trials. Meridien Research has always welcomed and will always welcome study participants from every walk of life – no matter your age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or beliefs.
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