Health researchers try to link up with more Hispanic women

Clinical trials might help determine why a third say they don’t feel well, compared with less than a 10th of non-Hispanic white women

Illinois’ number of Hispanic women reporting that they were in fair or poor health was the highest in the nation, according to a 2009 study, and efforts are growing to figure out why.

Researchers want specifics on why 34.3 percent of Latino women in Illinois said their health was not good, compared with about 8.5 percent of non-Hispanic white women, in the study by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Hispanic women in the state also have higher rates than non-Hispanic white women of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity, according to the study.

But enlisting people to be studied can be complicated by a distrust of medical research and an inability to overcome language barriers and other concerns.

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