Participating in Clinical Trials

Frequently Asked Questions

10. Why should older adults participate in clinical trials?

Since older adults take more medicine than any other group, it is important to find out how they might respond to new medications, especially those that target diseases and conditions of aging.

Older adults should take part in clinical trials because the trial results can lead to new treatments for many diseases and conditions that affect older adults such as Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, various types of cancers, stroke, and diabetes.

Researchers also need to know how potential new drugs, therapies, medical devices or tests may work in older people. As people age, their bodies absorb drugs differently. They may need to take different dosages of drugs than younger people, and they may have different side effects.

For more on older adults and medicines go to Taking Medicines at http://nihseniorhealth.gov/takingmedicines/toc.html