Participating in Clinical Trials

Frequently Asked Questions

12. What keeps older adults from participating in clinical trials?

Researchers may not include older people in trials because of worries that the treatment won't work as well for them, or there may be severe side effects that could have an effect on their quality of life.

Older adults may not join trials because of a lack of support by friends and family, the costs of care, or difficulty getting to health care centers where many trials take place.

Also, many times older people may have several health problems at the same time such as diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease which might affect trial results.