Medical News and Perspectives
March 17, 2004

Efforts Needed to Foster Participation of Blacks in Stroke Studies

JAMA. 2004;291(11):1311-1312. doi:10.1001/jama.291.11.1311

San Diego—Blacks are disproportionately affected by stroke and researchers do not fully understand why.

That a better understanding of why blacks are more likely to experience and die of stroke is needed is underscored by sobering figures on the impact of the disease on the black community. But getting the answers requires a concerted effort to recruit black participants in stroke research—an effort stymied, in part, by a clash of cultures between historically "ivory tower" researchers and a subject population leery of being experimented upon.

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