Let’s just state the obvious… without people, research can’t be done
and medicine can’t advance. It takes people… lots and lots of people
to continue making advances. It takes extremely smart people to create
a vision and possibility. It takes detailed people to work out the
hows and whys. It takes analytical people to piece it all together.
And it takes the rest of us with our unique skills, life stories, and
passions to support the endeavour toward progress.
So, why might someone volunteer for a clinical study? I’m glad you asked…
Together, we can help further our collective knowledge.
Clinical studies aren’t set up on a whim. Medical professionals
spend months, and sometimes years, preparing and developing clinical
studies that will further our understanding of a specific topic.
Some clinical studies are used to gather data on existing, available
products to measure functional success. Some are developed in the
hopes of providing new treatments, surgeries, and solutions to
people who are suffering. And we get to be a part of this. It’s
pretty amazing, really, that everyday people can make a contribution
to medicine in this way.
Experience the forefront of technology. While this may be a
turnoff for some, others love this idea. This can also be appealing
for people who are sick or for whom other products haven’t worked.
Sick patients with no treatment options also might find this reason
Your care is provided and monitored under a strict protocol.
Depending on the clinical study in which you are participating,
you might have 24/7 direct access to your doctor and clinical
research team. On top of that, your care is closely monitored to
make sure certain care protocols are strictly adhered to.
Clinical studies need a wide-array of people to participate.
They need different genders, races, and ages. While there will be
eligibility and exclusion criteria specified for each study, people
from all walks of life are needed for various studies. Worried
you're not tech-savvy enough? Talk to your surgeon before assuming
you’re not a qualified candidate. You may know more than you