Why women are still underrepresented in cardiovascular trials: 8 report notes

Despite long-standing inclusivity requirements, women largely remain underrepresented in clinical cardiology trials, according to a report published Aug. 9 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

The report, led by the organization's committee on cardiovascular disease in women, outlined eight potential barriers to enrolling more women in trials: 

  1. Differential care 
  2. Ageism
  3. Lack of awareness, trust and logistical barriers
  4. Lack of diversity in clinical trial leadership
  5. Underrepresented minority women in cardiovascular clinical trials
  6. Special consideration for pregnant women and women of childbearing age
  7. Sex differences in disease
  8. Study retention 

The report also offers several strategies to address the barriers, including broader distribution of trial site locations, recruiting diverse trial leadership and more. 

To read the full report, click here.

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