- Clinical trials are conducted to test new treatments and devices on people.
- Participants can potentially receive compensation in clinical trials.
- There are various types of trials related to treatment, diagnosing, screening, and more.
The results of clinical trials have the potential to innovate medicine and become standard practice for treating patients around the world. According to Statista, there were over 409,000 clinical studies registered in 2022. But in order for these clinical trials to go anywhere, they need participants to determine whether this new treatment is safe and effective. Anyone can apply to be in a trial if they meet the right criteria.
You might be questioning why anyone would consider being the first group of people using a new treatment. A search online will show you the many benefits that can happen from being a participant.
What Is a Clinical Trial?
Cutting edge medical treatments wouldn’t exist without clinical trials. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) says this research evaluates medical, surgical, or behavioral intervention in people. It’s used to learn whether a new treatment is more effective or has less side effects than the standard treatment.
Some other goals a clinical trial may have include:
- Testing ways to find a disease early;
- Prevent a health problem, or;
- Learn how to improve life for people living with a life-threatening disease or chronic health problem.