Benefits to Patients

Patients frequently like to participate in research studies because of the added attention and oversight they receive for their medical condition. This often includes medical evaluation, care, and testing, education about their condition, and medications/devices at no cost. In addition, many patients report feeling a sense of satisfaction associated with their participation, helping to advance science and potentially to improve medical care for others.

From The Gift of Participation: A Guide to Making Informed Decisions About Volunteering for a Clinical Trial.

The top 5 reasons why volunteers participate in clinical trials. These include:

  1. To advance medicine: 51%
  2. To find a better treatment for my condition: 46%
  3. To help others with my condition: 39%
  4. To earn extra money: 36%
  5. My doctor recommended it: 31%

Source: Harris Interative, 2005

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