A guest post from Clinically Media
Clinical trials are a crucial part in bringing new treatments to market, understanding diseases and symptoms, and advancing medicine. Participants play a major role in making this possible, but there are common misconceptions about clinical research, how to get involved, and the safety measures in place. Did you know that without clinical trials and clinical trial participants, you wouldn’t have your reliable psoriasis treatments?
How do people typically find out about clinical trials?
There are many avenues to learn about clinical trials. The most common routes include from a health care provider, paid advertisement, social media campaign, or partnerships with advocacy groups that represent people living with a particular disease or illness.
Who is involved in a clinical trial?
There are many people and organizations that work together collaboratively to make clinical trials and new medicines possible. Scientists and researchers at pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies are usually at the forefront of clinical research efforts. They rigorously investigate potential new treatments or devices in a laboratory before bringing the new molecule or device to humans. This is the preclinical stage.
When the potential treatment is ready to start the first step in a clinical trial, known as Phase 1, these companies connect with research sites, such as health care provider offices or research universities. This is where the clinical trial will happen and often where participants will go during the clinical study.
To connect participants with these research sites, recruitment and retention agencies will design and develop outreach campaigns to educate people about the available clinical trial.