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Low participation rates amongst Asian women: implications for research in reproductive medicine.

Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2014 Mar;174:1-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2013.11.026. Epub 2013 Dec 7.

Talaulikar VS1, Hussain S2, Perera A3, Manyonda IT2.
1St. George’s University of London, Cranmer Terrace, Tooting, London, UK. Electronic address: vtalauli@sgul.ac.uk.2St. George’s University of London, Cranmer Terrace, Tooting, London, UK.3Nottingham Medical School, Nottingham, UK.
Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol
ABSTRACT
The last two decades have witnessed tremendous advances in the field of reproductive medicine, especially assisted reproductive technology and stem cell research. As research continues in future, it is vital to ensure that individuals from all ethnic backgrounds are represented in the study populations so that the findings of the research can be generalised for the benefit of all. Many studies, however, have noted a trend of low participation rates amongst Asian women in reproductive research. Inequalities in the ethnicity of research participants can be a source of substantial bias, and have major ethical and scientific ramifications. Several factors such as educational status, fear of wrong-doing, communication barriers, and socio-cultural beliefs have been suggested to play a role. There is a need for further exploration of the factors influencing Asian women’s decision to accept or decline participation in reproductive research and for development of effective targeted strategies for research recruitment with the aim of encouraging research participation as well as donation of cryopreserved embryos or other reproductive tissues. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Full Text Source: Elsevier Science
PMID:24368021 | http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24368021

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