Earlier this week we celebrated Clinical Trials Day, a day to raise awareness of clinical trials and recognize the hard work of the dedicated researchers behind these efforts. In keeping with that theme this week, we at Map & Story want to give you some supporting arguments to have at the ready for any prospective patients that may be curious about participating. You could use these points for a blog post of your own, an email newsletter to those who have shown interest but have not yet committed, as part of a permanent page on your website or to be included on a landing page.
Clinical trials are indispensable to scientific and medical advancement. Researchers are given the ability to test out new medical innovations and collect data on safety and effectiveness based on participant outcomes. There are different reasons why one may be interested in participating in a clinical trial. For healthy volunteers, they may want to feel a sense of contribution and help the world lead better lives. For patients will illness or disease, they may want to help others all while receiving cutting edge treatment and care from the clinical trial staff.
So, why should patients participate in your clinical trial?
Clinical trials are necessary for finding new treatments
Clinical trials are a necessary step in taking medical breakthroughs from the researchers to the patients. The data collected during trials evaluate the effects of the experimental test or treatment, which allows the Food and Drug Administration to determine if it is safe and effective, and, therefore, should be made accessible to the public. And these trials could not happen without the participation of volunteers. Plus, patients will have access to a top-notch medical team that carefully monitors their progress and overall health.
They get to help others (and maybe save some lives)
Participation in clinical trials is essential to help prevent, diagnose, and find cures for diseases and illnesses. When patients participate in a clinical trial, they could be contributing to the link between research and bringing life-saving advances to patients. If someone has a disease or illness that is genetic, their participation could have an even more personal pay off. The could even end up helping a loved one by making new treatments available and advancing scientists’ understanding of the disease or illness. How amazing would they feel if they were one of the trial participants that helped lead to a cure?
They are under the direction of some of the smartest minds in medicine
Clinical trials take a great deal of time, planning and preparation before participants are even brought into the mix. Trials are not created or executed on the fly. When a patient is actively participating in a clinical trial, every last part of their care is monitored not just by physicians but also by the highly trained clinical research staff members. They look at every lab, every medicine, every symptom, and carefully interrogate every possible impact on the care and outcome of the patients. They adhere to protocols making sure labs, imaging, and medications are all done exactly right. It takes a village to keep a clinical trial running smoothly!
Keep in mind that clinical trials are not for everyone. Be upfront about the possibility that an applicant may not be asked to participate because they are not deemed an ideal candidate. Physicians aim to provide the highest level of care and do not want to put anyone at risk by accepting participants would are not fit for the trial. Allow patients to feel completely confident and empowered in your decision.
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