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5 reasons for participating in a clinical trial
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Clinical trials are the first, crucial step in testing new treatments for a wide range of conditions. Scientists are continuously developing new drugs, which they need to test for safety and effectiveness, and as such need to recruit as many patients as possible from a wide range of social and economic backgrounds. Contrary to popular belief, you aren’t treated like “guinea pigs” if you choose to join a clinical trial; there’s a dedicated research team to look after your wellbeing and to explain every stage of the study. Read on to find out why you should consider participating in clinical research soon.
1. Clinical trials are a necessity
Clinical trials are a required step in bringing new breakthroughs from the lab into the lives of patients. These studies evaluate the effects of an experimental test or treatment. They also allow authorities to determine if the new treatment is safe and effective and if it should be made available to the public, but this can’t happen without volunteers.
2. Clinical trials help the whole population
Participation is critical in helping prevent, diagnose, and cure diseases and illnesses. When you participate in a clinical trial, you are contributing to research that could bring new treatments one step closer to reaching patients across the nation. The trial not only helps to advance the science for your disease or illness but could also help to make progress for related areas of science.
3. Clinical trials trigger breakthroughs
If you have a disease or illness that’s genetic, your participation could end up helping your loved ones by making new treatments available and advancing scientists’ understanding of the disease or illness. The study could even be the one that leads to a cure.
4. Clinical trials trigger breakthroughs
If you personally have a disease that is proving difficult to treat, participating in a clinical trial may give you access to experimental, cutting-edge treatment options. Plus, you will have access to a medical team that carefully monitors your disease and your overall health.
5. Clinical trials need participants from all backgrounds
In order to gather accurate results, participants of all backgrounds are needed as some conditions are more prevalent within certain populations. Whatever your age, race, gender or background, clinical trials need you!