Medical News and Perspectives
February 5, 2003

Researchers Say Changes Needed in Recruitment Policies for NIH Trials

JAMA. 2003;289(5):536-537. doi:10.1001/jama.289.5.536

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.

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