Why participate in a clinical trial?
At Consano Clinical Research, we believe meticulously planned and precisely executed clinical trials provide the solid foundation upon which all medical advancements are built. Active participation by well-informed trial participants is crucial in making those advancements a reality.
When you participate in a clinical trial you are helping researchers find new ways to prevent, detect or treat disease. These advancements in medical science can help others in the future.
Clinical trials can determine if a new test or treatment works and is safe. They can also aid in improving the quality of life for people with chronic health conditions.
There are many reasons people participate in clinical trials. Some of the benefits include:
The opportunity to be treated with the latest advancements in medical technology;
Fewer side effects or more effective relief of symptoms related to a chronic illness; and
Individual care and attention by the clinical trial staff of doctors, nurses and other health professionals.
In addition, many studies provide study medications free of charge and some offer financial compensation for participants’ time and study-related travel expenses.
There are also potential vulnerabilities when participating in clinical trials. Some may include:
unpleasant, serious, or even life-threatening side effects to experimental treatment;
a greater commitment of time and attention than standard treatment would require, including visits to the study site, blood tests, treatments, hospital stays, or complex dosage requirements; or
a purification phase, when participants must stop all other forms of active treatment for a time before beginning a regimen of study medication.
Also, some participants may not receive active treatment for their condition or the study medication may not be effective for them.
There are risks involved in participation with clinical trials. Every person is different and there is no way to predict how a treatment will affect any one individual. However, painstaking efforts are made to determine and mitigate risks ahead of time.
Those risks that can be reasonably foreseen are thoroughly detailed in the informed consent that all participants must sign before being enrolled to any given study. Involvement in a clinical trial is an individual decision that must be weighed carefully by the person considering participation.