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1, Nov 16, 2009

Vulnerable Populations in Clinic Research

Filed under: Clinical Research — admin @ 12:19 am

I studied Code of Federal Regulations on clinic trials and learned that special attention should be given to the problems of clinic research involving vulnerable populations, such as children, prisoners, pregnant women, handicapped, or mentally disabled persons, or economically or educationally disadvantaged persons.

First of all, I used to think of vulnerable populations consisting of children, senior beings, and physically or mentally handicapped beings. I need to digest the fact that being less educated and having less money put one in the category of vulnerability. It makes sense if you think this way — when one does not have money, one is limited in his choice of healthcare or even worse no care at all, and thus he is likely to get into any clinic trials that promise the type of health he cannot afford otherwise. They “are likely to be vulnerable to coersion or undue influence.” So dreadful to be in that situation.

Secondly, I am impressed by the choice of words in CFR, which shows sensitivity toward these groups of social beings. Instead of saying people with mental retardation, we call them mentally disabled. We don’t use the word poor and less educated, we call them “economically or educationally disadvantaged persons.” So cute!

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