Anyone can potentially take part in a clinical trial, but suitability will depend on eligibility criteria for each specific trial. A screening will determine the suitability by checking health and medical history against the inclusion and exclusion criteria.
Eligibility criteria are usually based on characteristics such as:
Being told that you are unable to take part in a trial because you are not eligible can be very dissapointing.
However, it is important to remember you may be eligible to participate in a different trial.
Clinical trials must have strict eligibility criteria in place to make sure the trial is conducted as safely and as accurately as possible.