African-Americans and Clinical Trials Research: Recommendations for Client Engagement

Sharon E. Moore, Wanda Lott Collins

Abstract


African-Americans have, without their knowledge and consent, been used
as human guinea pigs in scientific and medical experiments by private and governmental
organizations. As a result many African-Americans approach the health care
industry with caution and apprehension. African-Americans are admonished to
remember the atrocities they once experienced and to approach participation in clinical
studies with skepticism. This paper presents an historical overview of conspiracy
theories, discusses various health issues that affect African-Americans, identifies for
whom participation in clinical trials could prove beneficial, and recommends methods
that can be used to attract African-American clients as active participants in clinical
studies.

Keywords


African-Americans, conspiracy theories, clinical trials, research, patient rights

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