The makeup of the committee is the first indication to staff of whether the facility takes the peer review process seriously. If the committee membership appears stacked or biased, the process will never be respected. The committee membership must reflect a balance of diversity, expertise, and availability.
Researchers assessing the demographic statistics of All of Us Research Program participants prioritized enrolling racial, ethnic, and other minorities that, historically, have been underrepresented in clinical trials. The researchers concluded studies need to incorporate more diverse factors as key variables to ensure inclusion and identify barriers that limit research participation.
The healthcare industry must recognize that it is not enough to avoid actions that are affirmatively biased against minority groups. It takes affirmative efforts to overcome a deeply ingrained history of exclusion.