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The Importance of Age Diversity in Clinical Trials

Clinical trials need diversity in their pool of participants. Having participants that vary in age, sex, race, and ethnicity ensures that the results are applicable to the general population.

Older participants are quite helpful in clinical trials since many in the older population have unique health requirements that a younger demographic may not. Researchers can gain more insight into how new medications, devices, procedures, and tests will work for that age of individuals. For example, older people will need different and lower drug dosages to have the desired results. They may also develop special side effects. Therefore, having older participants will assist scientists in getting the data they need to create the best treatment for that group.

Possible Challenges

Many older adults are on multiple medications which may make it difficult for them to qualify for a clinical trial. This factor might make it harder to isolate a specific condition.

Another consideration is that older age groups tend to have more health conditions and may also suffer from certain disabilities which would hinder their ability to participate.

Participants should discuss these and other concerns with the clinical trial coordinator. Free transportation arrangements can be put in place to facilitate participation.

Insight Clinical Trials is one of the leading independent medical research institutes in Northern Ohio. We specialize in clinical research and treatment involving pain, headache, Alzheimer’s, and other neuropsychiatric disorders. Our team of medical experts stands ready to help participants access the latest medical interventions and healthcare. Our studies are free, and compensation is provided.


Contact us today to learn more about what our clinical trials are, and any questions you may have.


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