Understanding Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria

Inclusion and exclusion criteria help researchers at Optimed Research, LTD. find the most suitable candidates to participate in clinical trials in Columbus, Ohio. Every clinical study requires that researchers establish and adhere to research protocols (i.e. a specific set of standards) in order to yield the best results for participants, researchers and sponsors. Participants cannot join a clinical study without satisfying a study’s inclusion and exclusion criteria first.

Inclusion Criteria

Establishing a baseline set of standards is very important when coordinating clinical studies. Inclusion criteria give researchers a set of inclusive standards to screen potential participants. For instance, inclusion criteria may include general factors such as age and gender, but many other health-related factors compromise a full list of inclusion criteria.

Exclusion Criteria

These criteria help researchers eliminate candidates based on a specific set of requirements. Exclusion criteria may eliminate potential participants with pre-existing medical conditions, or candidates that are too ill to participate in a clinical trial. Often, exclusion criteria relate to a person’s ability to safely participate in a clinical study altogether.

The complete list of inclusion and exclusion criteria vary from study to study. To protect patient safety and yield accurate results, establishing a thorough set of inclusion and exclusion criteria allows researchers at Optimed Research, LTD. to conduct studies safely and effectively.