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Who can take part in clinical trials

Who can take part in London medical trials

All medical trials have guidelines about who can participate - some look for ill people and others for healthy ones. Some criteria used to pick participants in a drug trial are: age, gender and any medical conditions. If a study calls for people who is suffering of a chronic disease or a serious illness like cancer it will also stipulate treatment history. This is done to make sure that the research is accurate.

It would, for instance, be useless to test a drug that regulates blood sugar on somebody who eats four slabs of chocolates every day. Researchers use the phrase "inclusion criteria" to list the things you need to participate in a drug trial. Reasons for barring someone from a medical trial are called "exclusion criteria." It is important to researchers that potential participants in a medical trial be as honest as possible as false information can skew the data and influence the outcome of the research.

Patients, with a life-threatening disease, who can benefit from an experimental drug but are excluded from a trial due to factors like their age can apply for permission to be given the experimental drug through "expanded access" programs. These programs usually apply to patients with life-threatening or serious diseases who had exhausted their treatment options. Expanded access protocols, however, are only allowed where a well-controlled trial is already underway, and there is convincing evidence of its efficacy, or where all drug trials have been completed, but the drug has not been made commercially available yet.

Clinical Trials LondonTrials4us is part of the UK's largest Clinical Research Organisation that conducts clinical trials in london. Visit the registration page for information about how you can sign become a paid medical volunteer.

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