Clinical Research Glossary

exclusion criteria exclusion criteria


A list of reasons a person cannot be included in a study.

Example of exclusion criteria in a sentence

If someone wants to join a study, they can not have any of the exclusion criteria.

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Exclusion criteria are reasons that researchers cannot include a person in a research study.

For example, if a study is only enrolling adults with diabetes, a person who does not have the condition could not take part.

Other info to think about when joining a study

You may see the term “exclusion criteria” when learning about reasons why you might not be able to be included in a research study.

The study team will ask you some questions and possibly do some medical tests to confirm you can be included. This is for your safety and for scientific reasons to make sure you do not meet the exclusion criteria.

If you are unable to join one study, you can ask the study team if there are other studies that could be a better fit for you.

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