Resources for Participants and the Community
The tremendous medical advances that we enjoy today would not be possible without research participants. They are the ones that enable scientists to determine whether a drug or approach is safe and effective.
There are many different reasons for which investigators conduct clinical research. Therefore, there are many different types of studies, including treatment, prevention, diagnostic, screening, quality of life, genetic and epidemiological studies. These types of studies all involve distinct eligibility criteria, procedures, and risks and benefits.
How to participate in research by finding a research study
If you are exploring the possibility of becoming a research participant, consulting with your physician is an excellent place to start. S/he can advise you on the types of trials for which you would be a good candidate and may be familiar with some in your area.
Another way to learn about clinical trials in your area is to search on clinicaltrials.gov. The site allows you to search by recruitment status, condition, and location. There is fairly extensive information about each trial, including the eligibility criteria and contact information for the study coordinators.