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NIH Inclusion Policies: Women and Minorities

One way the justice principle is applied is through the inclusion of women and minorities as participants in human subjects research. Because knowledge gained from clinical research may define health policy and shape standards of care for all patients, it is important to consider whether the intervention or therapy under scrutiny “affects women or men or members of minority groups and their subpopulations differently.”

The NIH Policy and Guidelines on the Inclusion of Women and Minorities as Subjects in Clinical Research describes the Agency’s requirements for the inclusion of women and minorities in NIH-supported biomedical and behavioral research involving human subjects.