Should Black Americans Still Be Leary of Clinical Trials?
Facts are facts, without higher levels of participation among African Americans, we will never unlock the root causes of the disparate impact of illnesses, diseases, and ailments plaguing black communities today. Every day that African Americans continue to live in fear of such trials is another day that we fall further behind in the fight against early deaths and diseases.
Yet, studies show Black Americans continue to distrust medical research and clinical trials, apparently a lasting legacy of the infamous Tuskegee experiment which was shut down more than three decades ago.
But it’s like a double-edged sword:
1. We don’t want to be in clinical trials because of the major distrust of the American health systemB
2. But we need to be in clinical trials to see if any new treatments can help us as well.