Clinical trials are indispensable to scientific and medical advancement. They allow researchers to test out new medical innovations and collect data on safety and effectiveness based on participant outcomes. These trials are the final steps in a long research process and help to produce the best data available for health care decision-making. 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.
Are you considering participating in a clinical trial? Let’s dive deeper into some of the reasons why clinical trials matter and why patient participation is essential:
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, you will have access to a top-notch medical team that carefully monitors your progress and your overall health.
You 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 you participate in a clinical trial, you could be contributing to the link between research and bringing life-saving advances to patients. If you have a disease or illness that is genetic, your participation could have an even more personal pay off. You, participant, could end up helping your loved ones by making new treatments available and advancing scientists’ understanding of the disease or illness. How cool would that be if you were one of the trial participants that helped lead to a cure?
You 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 created or executed on the fly. When you are actively participating in a clinical trial, every last part of your care is monitored not just by your physician, but by highly trained clinical research staff members. They look at every lab, every medicine, every symptom, and carefully interrogate the impact on you, your care, and your outcome. 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 and each and every person has your best interests at heart.
Keep in mind that clinical trials are not for everyone. There is a very real possibility that you may not be asked to participate because you 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. Additionally, you want to feel completely confident and empowered in your decision. Trust your gut. If a trial does not feel 100% right for your situation, keep looking.
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