Featuring: Rachel O'Conor PhD, MPH
Older adults are often underrepresented in clinical research, even though older adults are major consumers of novel therapies. We present major themes and recommendations from the 2021 "Inclusion of Older Adults in Clinical Research" Workshop, convened by the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Inclusion of Older Adults as a Model for Special Populations Workgroup and the Research Centers Collaborative Network (RCCN). The goal of this workshop was to develop strategies to assist the research community in increasing the inclusion of older adults in clinical research. Major identified barriers include historical lack of federal guidelines, ageist biases and stereotypes, and lack of recruitment and retention techniques or infrastructure focused on older adults. Three key recommendations emerged: 1) engaging with the policymaking process to further promote inclusion; 2) using the CTSA Workgroup Presentation Materials Library and other resources to overcome ageism, and 3) building institutional capacity to support age inclusion.
This abstract was originally published in the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science and posted on the Cambridge University Press on January 7, 2022.
Rachel O'Conor PhD, MPH , is an associate professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics).
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