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Published: Wednesday 15 June 2005

Will research look into their< Clinical Trials on Hispanics usa

At a time when the Hispanic population in the us is growing at a rate faster than any other minority group, Hispanics still represent only a small portion of participants in clinical research studies in the us. Researchers from the University of Michigan Health System and the Veterans Affairs'Ann Arbor Healthcare System set out to find the reasons for this lack. They found that many Hispanic people would be more willing to participate if the researcher spoke Spanish and if they felt the process would have a health benefit to them. "The findings could help researchers recruit more Hispanic people, which is essential for finding information about the way diseases such as diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure) and heart disease affect them," says lead researcher Joel Escobedo.

"These are diseases that are more prevalent among Hispanics in particular and the minorities in general," he contends.

"Unless you have these populations participating in studies, you can't really have a good understanding of how the diseases impact them," noted Carol Lee assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan. "There are differences in how you treat different populations," she argued.

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