New Poll Shows Minority Populations Support Clinical Trials to Improve Health of Others but Participation Remains Low Among African-Americans, Hispanics and Asians

Research America: 7/31/13

Low Percentage Hear About Clinical Trials from Health Care Providers

ALEXANDRIA, Va.-July  31, 2013-Altruism is a strong motivating factor for clinical trial participation in the general population and even more so among several minority groups. A significant percentage of African-Americans (61%), Hispanics (57%) and Asians (50%) say it’s very important to participate as a volunteer in a clinical trial to improve the health of others, compared to 47% of non-Hispanic whites, according to a new national public opinion poll commissioned by Research!America.

These findings are tempered by the reality that participation remains disturbingly low among all groups. When asked if they or someone in their family has ever participated in a clinical trial, only 17% of Hispanics, 15% of African-Americans, 15% of non-Hispanic whites and 11% of Asians said yes.   Read more