A new study by ConcertAI based on patient-reported outcomes makes another compelling case for addressing disparities in treatment outcomes and racially biased access to clinical trials – and for why a new research focus is imperative.
Retrospective Study of Self-Assessed Performance Status (ECOG)
Clinical trials lack adequate number of racial minorities.
Performance status often a criterion for clinical research.
Poor performance status can exclude patients from clinical trial participation.
Patient in Study
Black patients overall reported higher average ECOG scores and greater difficulty performing daily functions than White patients.
Patients reporting not being able to take care of themselves
Significant racial disparities exist in performance status at an initial visit to an oncology clinic and, for Black patients, could mean:
• Lower quality medical care pre-diagnosis
• Poorer outcomes
• Exclusion from clinical trials
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