Why Volunteer for a Clinical Trial?
The health of millions has been improved because of advances in science and technology and the willingness of thousands of individuals like you to take part in clinical research. The role of volunteer subjects is crucial to improving the health of future generations. Without your help, the research studies at FMC Science cannot be accomplished. Here are just a few of the benefits:
Why Are Clinical Trials Important?
A clinical trial involves research using human volunteers that is intended to add to medical knowledge. Through the clinical trial process, researchers find out if investigational drugs:
- are effective
- are as good as or better than current treatments
- have more benefits than risks
- help you feel better
Through clinical trials, we can discover and develop:
- new medications that work better than what is on the market now
- drugs, vitamins, or supplements that can be used to prevent diseases
- new drugs that improve symptoms of diseases
- new tests to help diagnose diseases
Learn More About The Clinical Trial Process
It is important to understand that some risks are involved in clinical research, just as in routine medical care and activities of daily living.
Most clinical studies pose risks of minor discomfort, lasting only a short time. Some volunteer subjects, however, experience complications that require medical attention.
The specific risks associated with any research protocol are described in detail in the Informed Consent document, which you are asked to sign before taking part in research.
In addition, the major risks of participating in a study will be explained to you by a member of the research team, who will answer your questions about the study.
Before deciding to participate, you should carefully weigh these risks against possible benefits. Visit NIH.gov or ClinicalTrials.Gov for more information.