Clinical trials are research studies designed to evaluate or test a medical, surgical, or behavioral intervention. Most studies center around a specific medical condition or mental disorder, such as Psoriasis, Atopic Dermatitis, Alzheimer’s, or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Most recently, clinical trials have gained recognition through the development and testing of Covid-19 vaccines. Trials are completely volunteer-based, and for their participation patients typically receive access to medical care and specialized treatment at no cost (which could be medication-based or behavioral depending on the specific study), as well as – in many cases – some form of compensation for travel and/or time.
While to some people clinical trials might just seem like a way to earn some extra money, there are so many benefits to participating in a clinical trial that go beyond financial compensation. Today we’re taking some time to highlight a few of the biggest ones!
Receive specialized care from the most talented medical professionals at no cost.
Our clinical trial participants receive regular, thorough care from some of the most talented medical professionals in the area for the entire duration of their study – all at no cost! We believe that high level medical care should be available to every patient, regardless of their circumstances, so it doesn’t matter whether you’re insured, uninsured, are used to being treated by the best and the brightest, or have fallen on difficult times. If you meet our study enrollment criteria, there’s a place for you here!
Gain access to new treatments before the general public.
One of the most obvious benefits of participating in a clinical trial is that, in many cases, trial participants gain access to exciting new treatments that aren’t yet available to the general public. While this isn’t the case for every trial, many clinical trials are geared towards patients who have been unsuccessful in treating their condition with the medication options currently available. By enrolling in a clinical trial, participants have the potential to finally find a working solution for their symptoms!
Understand your health and medical conditions on a deeper level.
Many people have been diagnosed with a medical condition but, despite that diagnosis, haven’t been given the resources they need to truly understand the details of their condition, how it may impact their life, their treatment options, and – more importantly – how to effectively manage the symptoms of their illness to improve their quality of life. It’s a common failure of the healthcare system, and it’s something that we work hard to change in our clinical trial setting!
Our participants don’t just come in, receive treatment, and leave. Our physicians spend a huge amount of time working with each patient to help them understand the details of their condition on a deeper level so that once the trial is over they can leave our office feeling empowered to take a more active role in their medical decisions and treatments.
Contribute to your community in a big way.
When you volunteer to participate in a clinical trial you’re not just giving yourself a better chance at finding ways to manage or effectively treat your condition, you’re performing a huge service to the entire medical community by offering valuable insight into the inner workings of your condition and providing the medical community with the research and data necessary to help approve medications that, for many patients, are life-changing. It’s one of the most impactful things you can do to help advance the world of medicine!
Volunteering to participate in a clinical trial is one of the most rewarding decisions you can make, and it’s one that will benefit both you and the entire medical community in so many ways. Here at Olympian Clinical Research we are constantly enrolling patients for new studies related to mental health disorders and a variety of medical and dermatological conditions. If you’re interested in participating in a clinical trial, check out our list of currently enrolling studies to see if there’s one you qualify for!