Benefits of Participating

Many personal and community gains are realized by becoming involved with San Diego Clinical Trials. Consider these possibilities when deciding whether to participate.

Make a difference!

Clinical studies further medical progress. Scientists work constantly to find better ways to treat diseases. Improved treatments can never become a reality without testing in human volunteers. A large share of the credit for current treatment successes belongs to the people who participated in clinical trials conducted.

There is reason for optimism about experimental treatments

No investigational treatment advances to clinical testing unless there is evidence indicating it will be as good as or better than currently available treatments.

Participants receive a high standard of care

All participants receive regular care related to the study and opportunities to talk to study staff. Research shows that people involved in studies tend to do somewhat better than people in a similar stage of their disease who are not enrolled, regardless of whether the experimental treatment works. Scientists believe this advantage may be due to the general high quality of care provided during clinical studies.

Gaining access to new drugs that might help you

Sometimes these experimental treatments are available outside of clinical trials, and you may want to explore this option after you have discussed the matter with your care-providers. The F.D.A. has permitted some pharmaceutical companies to set up "early release" programs for promising new drugs, giving people direct access to experimental drugs if they meet the criteria of the program. In most cases, however, a clinical trial is the only way to get an unapproved drug.

Enhanced care

If you choose to participate in a clinical trial you often receive extra medical care, and it is usually free or offered at very low cost. Some expenses may even be reimbursed. Some patients with little or no health insurance can improve medical care by participating in clinical trials. Keep in mind that the care provided by researchers should not replace regular visits to your primary care-provider. Think of this extra care as supplemental, not a substitute.

Some people feel empowered

Some people feel more in control over their condition when they seek out the latest treatments. For these individuals, participation is a way to ensure they have explored all possible avenues of treatment for their condition.

Every study matters

Every clinical study contributes valuable knowledge whether or not the treatment works as hoped.