While diversity in health care isn’t likely going to be solved overnight, it is encouraging to see that companies across the globe are understanding these complex issues and are willing to take steps to move in the right direction. Among them are Novartis pharmaceutical company, Merck biopharmaceutical company, Amgen biotechnology company, Takeda biopharmaceutical company, and GSK biopharmaceutical company.
In addition, advocacy groups are coming together to try to affect change. Watch our video, Racial Disparities In HealthCare: Roundtable Discussion, to learn more.
Recent growth in the use of decentralized clinical trials suggests one possibility for increasing diversity. The Decentralized Trials & Research Alliance glossary defines the decentralized trial as a “clinical trial utilizing technology, processes, and/or services that create the opportunity to reduce or eliminate the need for participants to physically visit a traditional research site.”
This kind of trial may increase participation by those who:
- Do not have reliable transportation
- Cannot afford the time off to travel to research sites
- Feel uncomfortable in unfamiliar clinical settings
This hypothesis has been borne out by a recent study published in JAMA Network Open that found that remote [decentralized] clinical trials with online recruitment had increased racial, ethnic, and geographic location diversity among study participants.
83bar strongly supports decentralized trials and the role they can play in increasing diversity. As an example, 83bar recently completed a project for finding participants for a decentralized clinical study to evaluate an at-home colon cancer screening test. The client asked 83bar to find a minimum of 1,000 participants for the multi-step trial. With the comfort factor of a trial where most steps could be completed at home, 83bar was able to locate more participants (1,400+) and a higher percentage of minority participants.
At 83bar, we’ve pioneered innovative methods to directly connect with a wide variety of patients to help them quickly find solutions to their unique health conditions. Our goal is to help transform this industry in the best way possible by empowering companies and patients to connect and meet their goals.
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