Washington—A decade after Congress mandated
that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) enroll more women and minorities
in clinical trials, researchers at a meeting on the topic last month argued
for radical changes in how that mandate is fulfilled.
The current approach, which favors inclusion of women and minorities
in every study, yields far too little usable data, they said. Instead, they
pushed NIH to fund large, targeted trials.
Vastag B. Researchers Say Changes Needed in Recruitment Policies for NIH Trials. JAMA. 2003;289(5):536-537. doi:10.1001/jama.289.5.536