Since 1993, the National Institutes of Health has mandated that women and minorities be included in all of its clinical research studies – yet women continue to be underrepresented in certain trials. Last year, researchers reported in the journal Cancer that women make up 38.8 percent of participants in major cancer trials. And a new study in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes shows that men also outnumber women in clinical trials used to formulate guidelines to prevent cardiovascular disease: only 30 percent of the patient population in these studies are female.
Women account for at least half the deaths in the affected patient populations studied-“a proportion that is strikingly higher than their representation in the trials supporting the guidelines-thereby underscoring the importance of having adequate representation of women in clinical trials to solidify the evidence base supporting practice guidelines.”
Previously: Gap exists in women’s knowledge of heart disease