Clinical trials and clinical research play an essential role in advancing medical science. Clinical trials test the safety and effectiveness of new drugs, new uses for drugs and even surgical procedures. Unfortunately, a staggering 80% of clinical trials fail to enroll the required number of volunteers.
Clinical trials help medical professionals discover improved treatment methods, find ways to prevent the spread of disease and improve disease diagnoses. Ultimately, clinical trials extend life through new discoveries, and improve the comfort and quality of life for those who are chronically ill.
Volunteers participate in clinical trials to help others, to advance medical research, or often to gain access to the newest treatment options for themselves. The hope of discovering new, more effective treatments for chronic diseases and conditions underlies the motivation of all research volunteers.
The clinical trial process occurs in phases and takes and average of six to seven years. Before receiving approval from the FDA, a new drug must successfully complete all the clinical trial phases and pass rigorous testing. From the initial discovery of up to 10,000 potentially helpful compounds, the FDA will ultimately approve one drug for medical use.
Groundbreaking medical treatments become available to people who need them now through clinical trials. Some participants will also gain access to better quality care at leading healthcare facilities. In many cases volunteers will be compensated for their time and travel in addition to receiving free medication and treatment. In all cases volunteers enjoy the reward of contributing to the greater good and helping other people enjoy a better quality of life.