That's why we're taking action
to make research more inclusive.
The concept is at the very core of everything we do: the best health care products are those that help the most people by providing the greatest benefit. Those products should result from clinical trials that include the diverse and representative populations who need them most. It sounds simple, but it’s not. The fact is that while people of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds make up nearly 40% of the U.S. population -- and are disproportionally impacted by chronic conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease, they are still heavily under-represented in the clinical trials process. Women are likewise under-represented.
These gaps exacerbate existing health equity challenges by curbing access to life-changing and life-saving treatments for some, while limiting insights into how different groups respond to new therapies. So we are doing something to close those gaps. Right now. By launching an initiative to drive diversity in research and improve care among under-represented populations, we are working to advance health equity and make access a crucial aspect of product innovation, two key aspects of Abbott's 2030 Sustainability Program. The medical therapies we develop can only be as strong and inclusive as the people who design, develop and participate in our clinical trials. Their involvement will benefit all.
WHY DIVERSITY IN CLINICAL
TRIALS IS IMPORTANT FOR
$5 MILLION OVER NEXT FIVE YEARS WILL CREATE
NEARLY 300 SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HBCUs AND
MINORITY NURSING ASSOCIATIONS.
NEIGHBORHOODS WITH THE HIGHEST AMPUTATION
RATES WERE REDLINED DURING SEGREGATION.
BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS TO ACHIEVE MORE
DIVERSE REPRESENTATION IN CLINICAL TRIALS.
"Clinical Trials Have a Diversity Problem." FDA Encourages More Participation, Diversity in Clinical Trials | FDA
"Less than 5% of participants are hispanic" Lack of Latino Representation in Health Studies and Clinical Trials Could Have Negative Impacts, Advocates Say - Latino USA
"Less than 8% of participants are black" Drug Trials Snapshots | FDA
"In cardio trials less than 34% of participants are women" https://www.jacc.org/doi/full/10.1016/j.jacc.2018.02.069
"In cardio trials less than 2.5% of participants are black" 2015-2016 Global Participation in Clinical Trials Report (fda.gov)
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