Why Should You Participate?
Every year, several million people participate in clinical trials to support new drug applications (NDAs) that are submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Although that may sound like a lot, it represents less than 10% of the more than 60 million people who have severe, life threatening and chronic illneses in the United States.
Study volunteers identify clinical trials in a variety of ways. Many will learn about a trial from their physician or nurse. Many patients respond to direct mail, notices on bulletin boards, newspaper, radio and television advertisements. An increasing number of people learn about trials through the internet. The CenterWatch survey found that 54% of participants refer themselves into a clinical trial. This has changed in the past few years. In 1195, two thirds of patients were referred to a trial through a physician or nurse. Only one third were self referred at that time.
The reasons why patients participate in clinical trials have not changed much over the past several years. Surveys indicate the largest percentage (60%) of study subjects get involved to find a more effective treatment for their condition. Also:
- Approximately 25% get involved to help advance medical science
- 11% of volunteers are involved to receive extra money
- Less than 10% participate in order to receive better medical care and to cover the cost of therapy
What are the benefits of a clinical trial?
- Gain access to advanced treatments that are otherwise unavailable
- Access to study medication, medical care, and laboratory services at no cost to you or your insurance
- Most studies offer compensation for your time and travel
- Between 750,000 and 900,000 study volunteers will complete clinical trials for NDAs every year
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