September 13, 2016

Advertisement Involving under-served groups in web-based research a struggle, study finds

By Miguel Valdez Soto

Natalie McGill

Researchers face challenges in retaining underserved populations for web-based research, a recent study finds.

The findings were published online July 28 in Genetics in Medicine.

A study that provided online genetic ancestry results to participants found that low-income Americans and people who did not finish high school were less likely to log in, said Sarah Hartz, MD, PhD, lead study author and assistant professor of psychiatry at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis’ Department of Psychiatry.

Hartz said the results are troubling to her in light of the Precision Medicine Initiative, a national program launched under President Barack Obama in 2015 that is dedicated to recruiting a diverse group of Americans for genetic research, she said.

“We have to recruit these people,” Hartz told The Nation’s Health. “If we don’t it’s going to be worse…it will be very difficult to reduce disparities in the future.” Learn more

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