Race And Sex Of Study Personnel Can Affect Patient Openness To Research

Medical News Today: May 20, 2013

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) have found that the race and sex of study personnel can influence a patient’s decision on whether or not to participate in clinical research.

The study, presented at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s annual meeting in Atlanta, found that there is an interaction of the race and sex of the study assistant and the race of the patient.

Lead author Kimberly Hart says that her team found that black patients, both male and female, were about 15 percent less likely to be willing to participate in research when approached by a white male study assistant, compared to white patients.  Read more