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THE PHARMA REVIEW (MAY – JUNE 2017)

Diversity Dilemma?

Rosa Elswood

Introduction: It is commonsensical that a patient population in a clinical trial should reflect the general patient population, yet matching levels of diversity – especially gender and ethnicity – in trials has been a thorny issue. “Most physicians and scientists are informed by research extrapolated from a largely homogeneous population, usually white and male.” This is the conclusion of a paper published in PLOS Medicine late last year. The authors warn that ignoring the racial/ethnic diversity of a population is “a missed scientific opportunity to fully understand the factors that lead to disease or health.”

 

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