Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


Including older people in clinical research

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 03 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1036

Rapid Response:

Ageism in the NHS

There are many possible excuses for the exclusion of the elderly in
clinical trials, however basically it would appear to come down to Ageism.
Ageist attitudes are highly prevalent within society and Healthcare, for
further evidence look at most screening programmes and see what age they
I hope that as the "Baby Boomers" reach the "Elderly" age bracket, they
will force change and the elderly can expect the same standards of care as
the rest of the population.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

11 November 2005
S. Charlotte Goodall
Adelaide, SA, 5063