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Race and ethnicity in clinical trials

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Defining race and ethnicity has always been a challenge to clinical researchers and including subjects from all racial and ethnic backgrounds is difficult. Historically, many studies have excluded subjects who do not speak English or have only one or two language translations available for patient information and consent forms. Subjects from specific racial and ethnic groups, may well have problems accessing and inequalities in healthcare and will have poorer health outcomes in some countries. Rees CA et al (JAMA Pediatr 2022;176:e220142. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2022.0142) have examined how race and ethnicity in paediatric clinical trials, published from 2011 to 2020 compare with the corresponding United …

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