They want to help advance medical knowledge. Clinical trials help answer questions in medicine, which leads to better ways to prevent, detect, diagnose, control, and treat illnesses. This can help future generations and others with the same disease. The opportunity to improve the health of others was an important factor in deciding to enroll for 86% of people.2
Access to promising treatments. When making treatment decisions, 89% of respondents said that the opportunity to possibly improve their own health is an important deciding factor to participate in a clinical trial.2 The idea of receiving the latest treatment before it’s widely available can be an exciting opportunity. In some cases there are no current treatments available, while others only participate if other options haven’t been able to help them.
Recommendation from someone they trust. The encouragement from physicians, pharmacists, family, friends, and others can influence the decision to participate. Word of mouth is often the starting point for awareness and consideration. When seeking information about clinical trials, 60% of people would go to their doctors.2
Receiving compensation. Some people enroll for clinical trials to make money, while compensation is just an added bonus for others. Not all studies pay participants, but 78% of people said that whether they would be paid is an important factor in the decision to participate in clinical trials.2
They had a good experience. Many participants become repeat patients after having positive experiences with clinical trials. Of the patients who have participated in a clinical trial, 95% said they would consider enrolling in another clinical research study.3
A patient who participates in clinical research not only receives a treatment that can potentially help them, but also generously helps those who will continue to be diagnosed in the future. After all, we have patients to thank for the treatments that are available in the market today.
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