The phrase “clinical trial” sounds intimidating to most people, but fear not, there are actually many benefits to participating in a clinical trial. I hope to completely rid your negative thoughts about clinical trials by discussing the positive impact a clinical trial can have on not only yourself, but others as well.
Access to treatments not yet on the market.
Clinical trials give participants access to the most advanced medications and treatment plans that are not yet available to the public. People often assume that clinical trials are testing medications that have not been heavily researched yet, are highly experimental and ultimately unsafe. It’s important to understand that a new treatment cannot be tested unless there is valid scientific evidence that the treatment is likely to be effective and safe. If you do decide to participate in a clinical trial, you will not be walking into an unknown, experimental drug study, but rather a medication that has scientific evidence and support that it’s likely to be an effective and safe option.
Closer monitoring and testing.
You may think that there’s no way a clinical trial will provide you with superior care, but it’s true! Participants are monitored closely and very carefully. Research physicians need to keep track of their patient’s progress and changes that occur. Research physicians want to provide their patients with the highest quality medical care and feel completely comfortable during and after the duration of a clinical trial. Clinical trials require regular testing, monitoring and follow ups with the research physician so it’s safe to say that you will be well cared for.
Help others by contributing to medical research.
When you decide to participate in a clinical trial you are helping other people who also suffer the same condition you have. You actively take part in finding an effective treatment plan for yourself and everyone else who suffers from the condition. As a clinical trial participant, you play a critical role in the drug testing and approval process, which is invaluable to the medical community.
Think of a medication you are currently taking. That medication you are relying on was once the focus in a clinical trial. Medications cannot make it to market without going through the trial process. So, next time you hear the phrase “clinical trial”, remember the important role clinical trials play in everyone’s life and the benefits for those who participate in them.
If you have questions or would like to participate in one of our ongoing clinical trials in our Worcester, MA center, please feel free to contact Advanced Clinical Care at 508-755-0201 or fill out our sign up for a study form here.