Why do people choose to participate in clinical trials?Every year, millions of people worldwide participate in clinical trials. There are many different reasons why people choose to participate in clinical trials. When you participate in a clinical trial, you contribute to the development of new medicines. These medicines have the potential to help you and other patients. Some of the most common reasons why people choose to participate are as follows:
Benefits of new medicines: You will have access to medicines before they become available for other patients. Often it will take many years before a new medicine is marketed.
Better treatment option: Some people have a disease that cannot be treated satisfactorily with current medications. A clinical trial allows you to try a new medication that might help. In addition, some people participate in clinical trials because their medication has many side effects, and they want to test if they can tolerate the new medicine.
Thorough medical supervision: Some people want to have a closer contact with doctors and nurses to discuss their medical condition. During participation in clinical trials, the patient will be monitored in a more regular and more detailed way than during a normal treatment. Side effects are recognized immediately and treated quickly.
Helping hand: Others wish to participate because they want to help finding answers to scientific or medical questions that will help others in the future.
Only you can decide whether a clinical trial is right for you. You should take the time to think about the trial and ask all the questions you want. It is recommended to use the time necessary to remove all doubt, and remember that you can always decide not to participate in the trial. You can even consider asking a close friend or family member to help you in your decision. They might have questions or concerns that you might not have considered.