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Costs May Keep Low-Income Patients From Clinical Trials, Study Finds
Kaiser Health News

Cancer patients with lower incomes are a third less likely to be part of clinical trials that could help treat their disease than those whose annual income is at least $50,000, according to a new study. Researchers suggest that covering some of the costs of participating in a research study might enhance enrollment.

Clinical trials, which test new treatments or prevention methods to determine whether they are safe and effective, are an essential component of medical research. Yet only a small percentage of eligible patients participate in them.