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Hidden Barriers: How the demographics of clinical trials can hurt people of color

How the demographics of clinical trials can hurt people of color

Medical research in the U.S. has a dark history, particularly when it comes to the Black community. This has led many in communities of color to distrust the institution of medicine. Across the nation, 60% of Americans as a whole said they will get a COVID-19 vaccine. But, among Black people, that number drops to 42%, compared with 83% of Asians, 63% of Latinx, and 61% of white adults, according to the Pew Research Center. Crosscut investigates what that means for research and treatment, and why representation matters when it comes to clinical studies.

Conversation with Vin Gupta

Physician and health policy expert Dr. Vin Gupta joins Crosscut’s Northwest Newsmakers host, Monica Guzman, to discuss both political and medical issues surrounding the current public health crisis, from public trust of the emerging vaccine to the question of spreading the virus after vaccination.

 

Confronting racial bias in health care

Unchecked stereotypes can influence medical treatment, leading to dangerous consequences for Black patients. Crosscut dives into some of the stereotypes that lead, among other things, to poorer reproductive health outcomes among Black women. Black and Indigenous women statistically face poorer outcomes with reproductive health care and die in childbirth at higher rates than other groups. Advocates say that, especially in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, more attention needs to be paid to the treatment of patients of color. Crosscut investigates how professionals, advocates and providers are trying to reduce deadly consequences.