5 Reasons to Participate in a Clinical Study

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Millions of people participate in paid clinical studies each year. According to research at the Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP), the top reasons individuals decide to participate in a clinical trial are:

1: To advance medicine (33%)

One third of participants in CISCRP’s global study did so to advance medical knowledge. Without willing participants to take part in clinical trials, researchers would have few alternatives to test some products and methods in development.

2: To help improve the lives of others (29%)

Many of the people taking part in trials are doing so because they believe in the power of science to help make improvements in the lives of those suffering from illness and other impairments. By completing these trials, researchers can potentially gain new information to further develop life enhancing and even life-saving medicines, devices, and techniques.

3: To help improve personal conditions (15%)

According to CISCRP the personal condition of the study participant may relate to the trial being conducted, and the participant is willing to undergo the trial to help improve their own medical condition.

4: To earn extra money (5%)

Participants who take part in a paid clinical study have the ability to earn compensation for their time. However, only 5% of participants claimed this as the main motivator, which gives light to the fact that most participants really do feel strongly about advancing medical knowledge over personal gain. However, most studies are paid and the pay is intended to compensate participants for their time while they help advance medical knowledge.

5: To receive free medical care (3%)

Similar to the small amount of people who partook in studies to treat existing conditions, very few people take part in these studies primarily to receive free medical care.

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Disclaimer: Phase 1 (in-patient) clinical trials are not intended to treat a disease or condition. Phase 3 (out-patient) clinical trials may help treat an existing disease or condition. The information presented in this blog may be referring to either a phase 1 clinical trial or to a phase 3 clinical trial or to both. If you contact us regarding a trial, be sure to speak with the recruiter about whether or not the trial is intended to treat a condition.