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Despite Pressing Need, Survey Finds Most Americans Unlikely to Enroll in Clinical Trials

May 24, 2016

(Medical Xpress) – The lack of participation in clinical research may be the Achilles’ heel of today’s cancer community. According to a new survey of more than 1,500 consumers and nearly 600 physicians conducted on behalf of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), only 35 percent of Americans indicated that they were “likely” to enroll in a clinical trial. Other studies have shown that only 4 percent of cancer patients enroll in clinical trials nationally each year. Additionally, the new data shows that only 40 percent of Americans have a positive overall impression of clinical trials.

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