Ladies, it’s time to represent! We all know gender-bias is a thing, especially in healthcare, but we’re making strides to change that. This week, May 10-16, is National Women’s Health Week (NWHW), and we want to take the time to talk about the importance of women’s participation in clinical trials.
What is National Women’s Health Week?
NWHW was founded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health in an effort to increase awareness around the importance of women and girls taking care of their health. Women are typically the ones tending to the needs of their family and loved ones and often let their own health go by the wayside. In the wake of the chaos COVID-19 has brought, it is important now more than ever for women with underlying health conditions to take care of themselves.
Awareness Doesn’t Stop There!
Bringing awareness to women's health, in general, is great, but we're taking it one step further. We want to bring awareness to women’s participation in clinical trials. Historically, women have been grossly underrepresented in clinical trials. In fact, it wasn’t until 1993 that congress passed a law requiring the FDA to include women and people of color in clinical trials. This law, however, only applies to government-funded research, and a lot of research is funded by pharmaceutical companies.
Today, women have made great strides and even account for 49% of overall clinical trial participants. However, when broken down into conditions, the ratios do not match real-world patient data. A study published in 2019 by the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence found that diseases such as cardiovascular, HIV, and all forms of hepatitis women were vastly underrepresented.
Are You Ready to Get Involved?
As we discussed in our diversity in clinical trials blog, medications affect different groups of people in different ways, and without testing that, we have no way of knowing how. Women and men metabolize things differently and have different risk factors, just like people of different ages or races do. Women must get involved in research to protect all women from potentially harmful side effects!
You can get involved today by browsing our currently enrolling studies at each of our locations! Our women’s health studies include birth control, hot flashes, postpartum depression, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and more. Those that qualify and participate may receive access to the study medication at no cost and compensation for study-related time and travel. Learn more today!