Clinical trials are research studies involving human volunteers to evaluate medical products like medications, vaccines, or devices for safety and effectiveness.
Ensuring people from diverse backgrounds join clinical trials is key to advancing health equity. Participants in clinical trials should represent the patients that will use the medical products. This is often not the case—people from racial and ethnic minority and other diverse groups are underrepresented in clinical research. This is a concern because people of different ages, races, and ethnicities may react differently to certain medical products.
The FDA encourages diverse participation in clinical trials. If you think a clinical trial may be right for you, talk to your health care provider.
You can also search for clinical trials in your area at www.ClinicalTrials.gov--a database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies conducted around the world.
Clinical Trial Resources
- About Research Participation
- Fact Sheet: Clinical Trial Diversity (PDF) | En Español (PDF)
- Brochure: Research Needs You | En Español
- Infographics | En Español
- 4 ways to be a #ClinicalTrialsChampion
- Questions to ask before joining a clinical trial
- Collection of Race and Ethnicity Data in Clinical Trails- Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff
- FDASIA Section 907: Inclusion of Demographic Subgroups in Clinical Trials
- Drug Trials Snapshots
- Inside Clinical Trials: Testing Medical Products in People
- Clinical Trials: What Patients Need to Know
- FDA Encourages More Participation, Diversity in Clinical Trials | En Español
- Who's in Clinical Trials? | En Español
- Would Your Child Benefit from a Clinical Trial? | En Español
FDA Voices, Interviews, and Outreach
Medical Device Clinical Trials
Inclusion of Veterans in Clinical Trials
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