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5 Reasons to participate in a clinical trial

The overall goal of clinical research is to develop knowledge that improves human health or increases our understanding of human biology. Volunteers who participate in clinical trials make it possible for this to occur.

Within our database at BioKinetic, we have over 30,000 volunteers who at one point have considered doing a trial and over 6,000 who have taken part in a trial at BioKinetic over the last 20 years. Here are 5 reasons why you should consider participating in a clinical trial.

1. The smartest minds in medicine designed this for you

Clinical trial design includes a large collection of many of the brightest minds in medicine. Most drugs have been studied for years before entering a clinical trial. Trials compare head-to-head (or more) therapy options. Those options include the current standard vs. an experimental option that Research Physicians think may be better. If the experimental drug was not expected to improve outcomes, it wouldn’t make it to the clinical trials stage.

2. Trust the Doctors

All studies conducted in BioKinetic have been carefully reviewed and approved by a Research Ethics Committee (REC) and the MHRA (UK Regulatory Body) before the study can begin. The REC is an independent body composed of medical and lay professionals who carefully review each trial solely with the safety of the volunteer in mind and to ensure the risks are minimal and worth any potential benefits. The MHRA focus primarily on the scientific merit of a study. Both of these groups are there to ensure clinical trials are conducted both ethically and safely for all participants.

3. Clinical trial staff

If you decide to take part in a clinical trial, you will be constantly monitored by a trained set of clinical research staff whose main focus is ensuring your safety at all times. They adhere to protocols, making sure all procedures and assessments are conducted correctly, safely and at the right time. All staff have been through rigorous training on how to deal with any potential emergencies and risk assessments are always carried out before a trial begins to ensure any possible risks are known to the medical team working on the trial.

4. You are helping others

Clinical trial participation is critical to the long-term success of drug development. The trial may or may not be beneficial to you, but the trial results are of significant benefit for the future as it helps the drug developers see what is working and what is not. Trials need a varied mix of gender, age, race etc. so your participation may fill an under-represented group.

 5. You might not even have to take the investigational drug

Although you have enrolled on a clinical trial, you might not actually end up taking the investigational drug. Whilst some volunteers will be given the drug, others will be given a placebo (a fake drug). Whichever you end up with, you'll still receive the same financial compensation since the value is calculated based on the inconvenience to you as a volunteer, rather than any perceived risk. Don’t forget, you can change your mind at any time, so if you don't want to continue, you always have the option to stop at any point.

 Click here to see what trials we are currently recruiting for in BioKinetic.