Friday, February 11, 2011
Older adults use the highest proportion of medical and pharmaceutical treatment, but are vastly underrepresented in clinical trial research. A recent review of publications based on randomized control trials (Zulman et al 2011) shows that this is not only a product of the under-recruitment of older adults. In addition to the use of age limits and other exclusion criteria that tend to preclude older individuals, most clinical research fails to look at outcomes of particular relevance to older adults. Further, many published studies employ statistical methods that may misrepresent the significance of age in their findings.