Why are clinical trials necessary, and who truly reaps the benefits from these research studies? Clinical trials help determine if a medical device or treatment is safe and effective. Without research studies and those who participate in them, we would not have any medical advancements. These advancements offer patients who suffer from illnesses an opportunity for potential new treatments and pave the way for a healthy future for generations to come.

Volunteers

Without volunteers, there could not be any clinical trials or advancements in treatment and prevention options. From creating ibuprofen to developing a medication that only helps 1,500 people in the entire world, volunteers are the lifeblood of clinical trials. The volunteers for clinical trials can either be healthy or have the condition the clinical trial is assessing. As a volunteer, some of the benefits you can expect to receive are:

  • Playing a role in the advancement of treatment and prevention options for a variety of chronic, serious, or life-threatening conditions. 
  • Ensuring safe and effective treatment options for future generations. 
  • Receiving regular medical care from study staff and physicians. 
  • Having access to treatments that may be more effective than existing approved ones. 
  • Receiving reimbursement for time and travel for most studies. 

Patients

The true magic in clinical trials comes from patient participation. Patients who volunteer are looking for an alternative treatment that is not yet available to the public. In many cases, there are no current treatment options for numerous conditions. Additionally, everyone’s body works differently, and some patients are left without effective treatment options due to the inability to benefit from current treatments. Patients that participate in clinical trials receive access to treatments that may be more effective or have fewer side effects than currently available treatments, like Sue Scott.

Sue Scott was diagnosed with stage 1B2 cervical cancer in 2011. She went through the standard treatment, which works for approximately 65% of cervical cancer patients. Unfortunately, she was part of the 35% that standard therapy did not work. Participating in a clinical trial saved Sue’s life. Not all clinical trials have the same dramatic results but being given a chance for a cure is a fantastic thing.

Researchers

For the medical and science communities, clinical research brings them closer to discovering a cure. Throughout the research study journey, the results of some trials are used to advance knowledge of specific conditions to understand them better, and ultimately find new treatments. In a clinical trial, these discoveries are investigated to see if they are safe and either more effective or as effective as current options.

If you are ready to make a difference for future generations by helping advance medical research, check out our website at MyLocalStudy.com. You can browse currently enrolling studies in your area, learn more about them, and even apply directly from the website.

References:

https://clinicalcenter.nih.gov/participate/studies/healthy_vol_prg.html

https://www.nih.gov/health-information/nih-clinical-research-trials-you/personal

https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/what-are-clinical-trials-and-studies