October 26, 2015

GAO Finds NIH Has Made Progress Including Women in Research, But Improved Reporting And Analysis Needed

Last week, The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report, showing that more work needs to be done in reporting and analysis policies to further ensure women and minorities are being accurately represented in clinical trials.

Since 1990, the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR ®) has worked to increase equality in healthcare research, recognizing biological sex differences between women and men, and that these differences matter.

“We are pleased that this report shows progress in increasing the number of women in clinical trials. However, clearly more work needs to be done to increase inclusion in studies that include both women and men, and to ensure that biological differences are analyzed and reported,” said Phyllis Greenberger, MSW, president and CEO of SWHR. “Analysis and reporting of this data is critical to fostering innovative research that meets the goal of tailoring treatment to the individual patient.”

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