These are two very simple questions and are at the very foundation of clinical research.
- Do you currently or have you ever taken prescription or over the counter (OTC) medication?
- Does someone in your family or someone you know take medication routinely?
It is arguable that clinical research touches everyone’s life at some point. Why is that?
Some of the benefits in participating in a clinical trial are:
- Take an active role in your own health care.
- Gain access to new treatments that are not available to the public.
- Obtain expert medical care at leading health care facilities during the trial.
- Help others by contributing to medical research.
- If you qualify you may receive compensation for participating
If you answered “Yes” to either one of the questions above then you or someone you know has benefited from the work of clinical research.
Clinical research is a fundamental process that is necessary to bring safe and effective new drugs to the market for public use. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that 55% of all Americans are taking prescription medications and virtually everyone takes OTC medication. Every prescription or OTC drug currently used in the United States started out as an idea. Innovators whether they be scientists, physicians, or engineers had to take this idea and work it slowly and methodically through the clinical trial process.
In a recent survey, 83% of people agree that clinical research is very important and all new drugs must be tested on humans before they are approved for general use. But less then 15% have a basic understanding of how clinical research affects them directly. The general public thinks that only 32% of people who volunteer for clinical trials receive good medical care. Additionally many don’t have confidence in the process or that it is based on good scientific evidence. Nationwide, an alarmingly low 4% to 6% of eligible patients participate in a clinical trial in the United States.
Simply put, the perceptions and attitudes of individuals who have participated in clinical research studies are dramatically different from the general public. 90% of volunteers who participate in clinical trials rate the quality of care they receive during the trial as excellent and 84% of volunteers indicate they would participate in another clinical trial if given the chance.
This disparity between perception and reality is quite astonishing. Coastal Carolina Research Center understands that "volunteering" for a clinical research study is not suitable for everyone but we want to make sure information is available to the Lowcountry community that will help people make better "informed" decisions about clinical research. Volunteers who come to our research center are not "guinea pigs". They are the most valuable and most respected component of the clinical trial process and they are volunteering for "all of us". Without volunteers in clinical research we wouldn’t be able to advance new medications that may ultimately help you, your family members or your friends.
Please check out this website and see if volunteering for a clinical research study is suitable for you.