A clinical trial is a type of research study that investigates treatments for medical conditions. These trials may study drug treatments, vaccines, surgery or other therapies such as exercise, rehabilitation or lifestyle changes.
Ideally, clinical trials studying treatments in adults will include people of all ages, including older people. However, older people are often under-represented in clinical trails compared to their younger counterparts. When this happens, trial results may not be as relevant, and there may be less evidence to guide doctors in the management of older people.
This study aims to understand the thoughts and experiences of older people (aged 65 and over) who have previously taken part in a clinical trial.
Participants will be invited to a one-on-one interview to talk about their thoughts and experiences about participating in clinical trials. The interview will take 30-45 minutes, and can be conducted in-person, or via Zoom or other videoconferencing platform, depending on participants’ preference.