Better Health Outcomes for Women Who Take Part in Clinical Trials?

A new report from London’s Queen Mary University reports that participating in gynaecology and obstetric clinical trials has a positive impact upon health outcomes for the women involved. The report analysed results across 21 studies which involved over twenty thousand women, and made the surprising discovery that the participants increased their chances of improving health outcomes by an astonishing twenty-five per cent, regardless of whether or not the treatment in the trial proved to be effective.

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Women Excluded from Clinical Trials
According to a report in the Guardian, there is a historical exclusion of female participants in clinical trials, particularly regarding biomedical research and toxicology. A spokesperson from Harvard Medical School told reporters that the US government ordered in 1993 that women should be better represented, but there is still a strong tendency to focus on male health outcomes.
Female Participants for Female Health Issues

The spate of studies into female reproductive health obviously required female participation, and the results show that there is a huge benefit to the health of the women who take part in such trials. The surprise is that even when the treatment proves ineffective, the health outcomes still show a positive increase. Researchers believe that this is almost certainly down to the regular health assessments and high quality of health monitoring that are part of a well-organised clinical trial.
The Importance of Clinical Trials

Medical science relies on clinical trials to compare treatments and outcomes. By studying volunteers they can collate data to show how best to treat conditions and diseases, and check that new treatments are safe and effective. Doctors, nurses and other medical practitioners collate the results with the help of trained clinical trial assistants from organisations such as Once a medicine or treatment has been proven to be effective, the process is set in motion to make it accessible to patients across the country.
Although women have historically been ignored and overlooked when choosing participants, these new results prove that women have a significant part to play in research projects. The organisers of the study hope that women will now be encouraged to participate in other trials and urge doctors and medical staff to increase female awareness of clinical projects that they could put themselves forward for as volunteers.