Clinical Research Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Why is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Clinical Research Important?
- Clinical research is the only way to develop and ensure the safety and effectiveness of new or existing medical treatments, understand patient needs, and to grow and enhance medical knowledge.
- Participant-volunteers in research studies must reflect the population to ensure generalizable results.
- Not all individuals respond the same to treatment or therapy. A diverse representation in clinical research studies and trials is important to understand individual responses to investigational treatments and advise treatment accordingly.
For more resources on achieving diversity, equity, and inclusion in clinical research:
- Review this guidance document “Achieving Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Clinical Research” by the MRCT Center of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard; and
- Read this guidance for industry “Enhancing the Diversity of Clinical Trial Populations – Eligibility Criteria, Enrollment Practices, and Trial Designs” by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Food and Drug Administration.
What Are We Doing to Support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Clinical Research?
eq·ui·ty /ˈekwədē/ the quality of being fair and impartial.
The UH Clinical Research Center (CRC) works closely with internal and external stakeholders to build and continuously improve policies, practices, programs, initiatives, and resources that support the UH system’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through social justice and equity norms.
Our internal partners include: the Office of Community Impact, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and UH Office of Government and Community Relations.
Our staff is encouraged to learn about diversity, equity, and inclusion through internal programs and classes that explore topics, including bias in healthcare, race, ethnicity, and culture, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity, age, ability (i.e., mental, physical), and socioeconomic status. We grow personally and professionally through exposure to topics outside the normal scope of work and provide an exceptional clinical research participant experience and a safe work environment for our diverse growing team.