Bias in Electronic Health Records May Affect Clinical Trials

Results of clinical trials are only as good as the data upon which they rest. This is especially true in terms of diversity—if most people in a trial are from a certain race or socioeconomic group, then the results may not be broadly applicable. This form of potential bias is not a novel concept, but a group of researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago that includes an ACRP Student member as well as colleagues from other institutions has identified a potential hidden source of bias: electronic health records.

Merck Initiative Builds and Diversifies Clinical Research Workforce

A new associate clinical research associate (ACRA) professional development program at Merck, known as MSD outside of the US and Canada, aims to increase and diversify the clinical research workforce. The program welcomes and trains new employees who do not have a CRA background but have transferable skills.