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Diversity in Clinical and Biomedical Research: A Promise Yet to Be Fulfilled

Diversity in Clinical and Biomedical Research: A Promise Yet to Be Fulfilled

PLoS Medicine, 15 December 2015 Summary Points Health disparities persist across race/ethnicity for the majority of Healthy People 2010 health indicators. Most physicians and scientists are informed by research extrapolated from a largely homogenous population, usually white and male. A growing proportion of Americans are not fully benefiting from clinical and biomedical advances since racial and ethnic […]

Who’s in Clinical Trials?

U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 9 December 2015 Have you ever wondered if someone like you participated in the clinical trials for a new drug? If you have, you’re not alone. That’s why FDA is making demographic information from clinical trials, such as the inclusion of women and minority groups, more easily available to consumers through its […]

Addressing Health Disparities through Clinical Trials

Media Planet: Future of Health Care, December 2015 Historically, participants in clinical trials have not proportionally represented the diversity of our population. This is a stat we can set about changing today. Read more.

A literature review on the representativeness of randomized controlled trial samples and implications for the external validity of trial results

Trials, 3 Novmber 2015 Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are conducted under idealized and rigorously controlled conditions that may compromise their external validity. A literature review was conducted of published English language articles that reported the findings of studies assessing external validity by a comparison of the patient sample included in RCTs reporting on pharmaceutical interventions with patients […]

Introducing clinical research participation to the everyday person

The Catalyst, 15 October 2015 Clinical trials involve many different people and institutions coming together to better understand disease, biology and the impact of potential medicines. Carefully conducted clinical trials are the fastest and safest way to find treatments that work in people and improve public health. But they are more than a process—it takes a dynamic […]

Medicare Open Enrollment Starts Today

Medicare Open Enrollment Starts Today

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 15 October 2015 Individuals with Medicare can shop for high quality health and drug plans The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the beginning of the Medicare Open Enrollment period where people with Medicare can shop for a Medicare Advantage (MA) or Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) […]

The Latest on Geographic Variation in Medicare Spending: A Demographic Divide Persists But Variation Has Narrowed

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 9 October 2015 Geographic variation in Medicare utilization and spending has been a frequent subject of discussion and analysis among researchers and policymakers for many years. Some researchers have suggested that the differences in Medicare spending across geographic areas resulted mainly from differences in practice patterns, which could be […]

CMS Releases First Ever Plan to Address Health Equity in Medicare

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 8 September 2015 Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH), unveiled the first CMS plan to address health equity in Medicare. The CMS Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare (CMS Equity Plan for Medicare) is an action-oriented plan that focuses […]

Reductions in Mortality Among Medicare Beneficiaries Following the Implementation of Medicare Part D

Am J Manag Care, 16 July 2015 Medicare Part D is a prescription drug program that provides seniors and disabled individuals enrolled in Medicare with outpatient drug coverage benefits. Part D has been shown to increase access to medicines and improve medication adherence; however, the effect of Part D on health outcomes has not yet […]