Why Participate in Clinical Trials?

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There are a variety of personal reasons that lead so many people to decide to enroll in a clinical research trial.

  • If the medication you are currently being prescribed is less than adequate, clinical trials help you explore other treatment options. If your doctor is limited by an insurance company to prescribe generic medications, a clinical trial may give your access to new, alternative treatments.
  • Because the clinical trial treatments are not being sold to the public yet, they are oftentimes the result of the most recent, cutting-edge technology and discoveries the field has to offer. By becoming a participant, you have the ability to gain access to the most advanced treatments options.
  • Participation in a clinical trial is not passive, but rather an active event. You become an active participant in your healthcare by being proactive and taking charge of your treatment.
  • By being an active participant you also become self-educated about the disease. Becoming more informed will help you treat your disease more effectively, which will hopefully lead to an improved quality of life.
  • At the Institute for Advanced Medical Research, clinical trial volunteers receive specialty care from a physician and a professional diagnostic re-evaluation. In the current world of healthcare, diagnostic labels are often vague and do not communicate the specific symptoms that each unique patient experiences. The re-evaluation allows us to ensure that the patient is being specifically treated to the best of our abilities for the symptoms he/she is experiencing.
  •  Clinical trials are confidential. No family members, friends, colleagues, employers, or other institutions will learn about you or your diagnosis unless you choose to tell them.
  • It is even harder to gain access to effective treatment if finances are an issue. For participation in clinical trials, no insurance is necessary and the medication itself is provided to you at no cost. 

Not only do clinical trials help you improve your quality of life while living with your disease but they also help others around you.

  • Physicians and pharmaceutical companies are able to learn more about the nature of your disease and the effectiveness of new treatment options.
  • By allowing professionals to better help treat your disease, you are contributing to a general societal understanding about the disease. The more educated we are, the fewer stigmas surround these diseases.
  • Lastly, being proactive and becoming a leader by volunteering also helps make the new medications accessible to the general public. Not only will your quality of life be improved but so will the lives of many others around you.