Key recommendations from the 2021 “inclusion of older adults in clinical research” workshop

Darina V. Petrovsky, Lan N. Ðoàn, Maria Loizos, Rachel O’Conor, Micah Prochaska, Mazie Tsang, Rachel Hopman-Droste, Tara C. Klinedinst, Aarti Mathur, Karen Bandeen-Roche, Odette van der Willik, Stephen B. Kritchevsky*

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere55
JournalJournal of Clinical and Translational Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 7 2022


  • Clinical trials
  • inclusion
  • older adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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