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Clinical trials should be designed to include elderly people

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7148.1905a (Published 20 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1905
  1. Jacqueline Bene, Clinical research fellow,
  2. Richard Liston, Clinical research fellow
  1. University Department of Geriatric Medicine, Clinical Sciences Building, Hope Hospital, Salford M6 8HD

    EDITOR— G Bugeja et al have shown that elderly people tend to be excluded from clinical research,1 a fact we can support from our own experience. We searched Medline for all articles that contained the word “elderly” in the title or abstract, and combined the results of this search with all titles mapped under the heading “randomised controlled trials” that were published between January 1966 and July 1996. This search yielded only 150 articles. We excluded 89 because they were not actual randomised controlled trials — …

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