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Parents Distrust Medicine & Research

African-American Parents More Distrusting Of Medical Research

Distrust toward medicine and research plays a significant role in African-Americans’ lack of participation in clinical trials, according to a study by researchers at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

African-Americans are significantly underrepresented in clinical research. A recent study published in the February issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine addresses the racial differences in parental trust toward medicine and research and their implications for enrollment of children into clinical research. The researchers found that enrollment of children into clinical research studies depends on parental attitudes, beliefs and expectations.

In a research survey of 190 parents (140 African-American and 50 white) of patients seen at Children’s Hospital’s Primary Care Center, African-American parents were twice as likely to be distrusting of medical research as white parents. This study was conducted by Kumaravel Rajakumar, MD, a pediatrician in Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s Division of General Academic Pediatrics, in collaboration with Stephen Thomas, PhD, the Philip Hallen Professor of Community Health and Social Justice and director of the Center for Minority Health in the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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