• Publication Date: 06/01/2024
  • Article Type: Back Page
  • Subjects: Industry Issues and Trends, Respiratory Medicine

Recognizing that “minoritized racial, ethnic, and low-income populations are consistently underrepresented in food allergy research and medical research in general,” Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) conducted a study to “shed light on why this underrepresentation exists and how to address it.” This article also discusses FARE’s recommendations to increase diversity before, during and after a clinical trial, and FARE’s initiatives to encourage diversity.

FARE’s survey was used to “better understand the barriers to research.” Among the survey findings, six out of 10 adults and children would be willing to participate in research and five out of 10 caregivers would allow their children to participate. A FARE representative drew attention to “a big misconception that mistrust [of clinical trials or medical personnel] is the issue. [Instead,] “the challenge is accessibility.” In addition, FARE supports multiple initiatives to encourage diversity and opportunities, including the FARE Patient Registry, the FARE Neighborhoods Initiative™ and the FARE Diversity Scholars Program.

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