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Health inequalities and inclusion

Health inequalities and inclusion

Addressing health inequalities and supporting inclusive participation in research

A key part of our research strategy is to reduce health inequalities by supporting everyone to have the same opportunities for improved outcomes no matter who they are or where they live within Yorkshire.

All Awards are encouraged to take steps to maximise inclusion and engagement with populations often underrepresented in research such as minority ethnic populations and deprived communities.

We understand that this can present additional considerations and challenges for researchers however there is an increasing amount of activity in this area and a growing body of resources being made available to support researchers in this aim. We have provided a selection of links to further information on health inequalities and reference material which may be helpful when considering how to make your research more inclusive. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list but a guide to some of the resources and guidance available.

Improving trial diversity and inclusion of under-served groups in clinical trials: The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) has produced guidance that seeks to summarise what an under-served group is, what barriers to inclusion may be and provides a framework to guide considerations for funders researchers and delivery teams.

The NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) has produced an equality, diversity and inclusion toolkit to support researchers in the design and conduct of inclusive research.

The Trial forge website has lots of useful information, guidance and frameworks for conducting clinical trials including a section devoted to guidance on improving trial diversity.

The Health Research Authority (HRA) is working with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to help researchers increase the diversity of people taking part in research in the UK. The HRA page below describes activities underway by the HRA along with links to useful resources and will be updated as more guidance is available.

The Kings Fund have published several ‘explainer’ documents in relevant areas for example:

The Health Foundation is an independent charitable organisation working to improve people’s health and reduce inequalities in the UK