Black Patients Received Less Clinical Trial Information Than White Patients

AACR: October 28, 2012

SAN DIEGO — A study comparing how physicians discuss clinical trials during clinical interactions with black patients versus white patients further confirms racial disparities in the quality of communication between physicians and patients.

Oncologists provided black patients with less information overall about cancer clinical trials compared with white patients, according to data presented at the Fifth AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities, held here Oct. 27-30, 2012.

“Minority patients tend to receive less information, which could, in part, explain under-enrollment by minorities in clinical cancer trials,” said Susan Eggly, Ph.D., associate professor of oncology in the Population Studies and Disparities Program at Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, Mich. “These disparities could also lead to minority patients being enrolled in trials without fully understanding the purpose of the trial and the potential risks of participation.” Read more