National Black Church Initiative is a subsidiary
of the DC Black Church Initiative
Targeted Population for Clinical Trials
The Importance of Participation
NBCI understands the importance of clinical trials for adolescent
African-Americans. It is important that adolescent African-Americans
are proportionately represented in clinical of common disease states
such as Diabetes, AIDS, Cancer and Heart Diseases. For the past for
years NBCI has been conducted seminars in our faith-community to
encourage more African-Americans to participate in clinical trials.
We feel that all clinical trials should be conducted by the highest
of ethical standards and adhere to current, federal laws, rules,
and regulations that govern these trials. It is critical that these
protocols are in place before NBCI or NBCI member congregates participate
in any clinical trial regimen.
The following issues should be settled before any participation
- There must be a signed consent form.
- There must be education on the effects of drug therapy or therapy
- There must be coverage for the individual if anything goes wrong.
- All government protocol in reference to safeguards must be adhered
- The individual who agreed to participate should follow the clinical
trial’s instructions in order to achieve the best results.
There are two critical reasons why NBCI is supporting clinical
trials. It is a way in which the individual can receive cutting-edge
drug therapy and medical coverage. When the individual does not have
health insurance, or has a limited form of health insurance. Secondly,
it is critical for adolescent African Americans to participate in
these trials so that researches can know the physiological effects
of drugs concerning the racial minority. The third is that they may
help society create a cure or an effective drug management technique
that will reduce the agony and the pain of a group of individuals
who suffer from either a common disease state or a rare one.