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Black patients receive less clinical trial information than white patients

  • Posted: October 27, 2012

A study from the Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute comparing how physicians discuss clinical trials during clinical interactions with black patients versus white patients further confirms racial disparities in the quality of communication between physicians and patients. Oncologists provided black patients with less information overall about cancer clinical trials compared with white patients, according to data presented at the Fifth AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities, Oct. 27-30, 2012.

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