Patient recruitment in clinical trials continues to be a pain point in the clinical trial process. Meeting enrollment goals is one thing but obtaining enough demographic diversity in the treatment populations is another. While racial and ethnic minorities continue to be underrepresented in clinical trials, diversity challenges in gender and age exist as well. Solutions to diversity barriers continue to be elusive for many sites, even after exhaustive research and planning. At Cedar Health Research, we are bridging the diversity gap with our innovative research model.
Why Diversity in Clinical Trials is Important
Health conditions have risk categories that make a person more likely to develop them. Some conditions impact certain groups more than others, some only affect children, while others only affect older adults. When potential new treatments are developed for medical conditions, the population most impacted and most likely to use the intervention should be represented to evaluate safety and effectiveness accurately.
How Cedar Health is Bridging the Diversity Gap
“Diversity in clinical trials is important for developing new treatments,” says Todd Albin, CEO of Cedar Health Research. “At Cedar Health Research, our database is reflective of the highly diverse population of the Dallas-Fort Worth market. Additionally, physician engaged recruitment helps to break down the barriers of recruiting minority populations into our trials.”
Being located in a richly diverse area gives our site a distinct advantage in reaching populations that have historically been underrepresented in trials. Additionally, our robust patient database allows our proprietary artificial intelligence software, designed by Aspen Insights, to match potential patients to clinical trials. This technology uses de-identified patient data to deliver a ranked listing of patients matched based on the trial criteria and medical history.
From there, the established relationship between patients and partnering physicians is leveraged as they begin engaging them about participating.
If you are a sponsor or CRO and are struggling with diversity in your clinical trials, we’d love to review with you in detail how our trial process here at Cedar Health is the solution. Contact us at (214) 253-8170 or fill out a contact form here.