NIH seniors' Web site adds Q&A on clinical trials
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Jan. 28, 2008
In an effort to encourage more elderly people to enroll in clinical trials, the National Institutes of Health has added information on its Web site for seniors that addresses basic questions and concerns about medical research. It is the latest of 33 topics to be added to the Web site, (link).
"Clinical trials are a critical part of medical research," said Richard J. Hodes, MD, director of the National Institute on Aging. "The risk of many diseases and conditions increases with age, and it is important that clinical trials include older participants who can help researchers find out if a drug, therapy, lifestyle change, device or medical test is safe and effective in the older population."
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2008/01/28/hlbf0128.htm.