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Becoming a Clinical Trials Participant

Becoming a Clinical Trials Participant

Why Should I Sign Up to Be a Clinical Trials Participant?

Ever thought about becoming a clinical trials participant? Whether it is to be the first to receive new, cutting-edge treatments and medications for your condition or to earn some extra cash, there are many reasons people want to become a clinical trials participant. If you have been thinking about being a participant and want more information, we are here for you. Keep reading to learn more about becoming a clinical trials participant, the benefits you can receive, and how to sign up to become one.

What is a Clinical Trial, and Is It Safe?

In a clinical trial, participants receive specific interventions according to the research plan or protocol created by the investigators. These interventions may be medical products, such as drugs or devices; procedures; or changes to participants’ behavior, such as diet. Clinical trials may compare a new medical approach to a standard one that is already available, to a placebo that contains no active ingredients, or to no intervention. Some clinical trials compare interventions that are already available to each other. When a new product or approach is being studied, it is not usually known whether it will be helpful, harmful, or no different than available alternatives (including no intervention). The investigators try to determine the safety and efficacy of the intervention by measuring certain outcomes in the participants. For example, investigators may give a drug or treatment to participants who have high blood pressure to see whether their blood pressure decreases.

Benefits of Being a Clinical Trials Participant

According to the National Institute of Health, there are many benefits, as well as risks, to becoming a clinical trials participant.

What are the Benefits of a Clinical Trial?

  • You may get a new treatment for a disease before it is available to everyone.
  • You play a more active role in your own health care.
  • Researchers may provide you with medical care and more frequent health check-ups as part of your treatment.
  • You may have the chance to help others get better treatment for their health problems in the future.
  • You may be able to get information about support groups and resources.

What are the Potential Risks of a Clinical Trial?

  • The new treatment may cause serious side effects or be uncomfortable.
  • The new treatment may not work, or it may not be better than the standard treatment.
  • You may NOT be part of the treatment group (or experimental group) that gets the new treatment—for example, a new drug or device. Instead, you may be part of the control group, which means you get the standard treatment or a no-treatment placebo.
  • The clinical trial could inconvenience you. For example, medical appointments could take a lot of time. You might need to travel to the study site several times or stay in the hospital.

How to Become a Clinical Trials Participant

It is easy to sign up to become a clinical trials participant! Since participants are the most important part of a clinical trial, we have ensured the sign-up process is as easy as possible. All you have to do is visit our website, find the clinical study you’d like to join, and fill out the quick and easy form to provide us with your contact information. If you meet the guidelines of the study, you will be asked to join. It’s that simple!

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