Clinical studies can offer free medical care and medications (for the duration of the study and for the specific condition being studied) but it can also be scary to participate. You may feel like a human guinea pig or feel as if you are risking your health, trying new medications or treatments.
But clinical studies are important and necessary. Treatments and medications used in clinical studies have been tested on either animals or on a limited basis before large studies are undertaken. If you have concerns, someone at the study should be able to answer these questions for you. (If there is no information on previous testing, you might have a reason to be concerned!)
This week's question:
Have you participated, are you planning or would you participate in a clinical study?
Years ago, I participated in a study for medications for migraine headaches and ended up finding a medication that helped me immensely. I am not advocating any study nor trying to enlist people, I am just interested in finding out your perspective.
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As always, I am looking forwards to hearing your opinions.
Published On: January 19, 2010