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Letters Older people in clinical trials

No more arbitrary upper age limits for clinical research

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 12 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4040
  1. Marion E T McMurdo, professor of ageing and health1
  1. 1University of Dundee, Ageing and Health, Medical Research Institute, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY, UK
  1. m.e.t.mcmurdo{at}

A multi-faceted approach is needed to end the systematic exclusion of older people from clinical research.1 However, one simple measure could have a major impact—a zero tolerance policy from funders and ethics committees for arbitrary upper age limits. The use of such upper age limits …

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