Common myths and misconceptions

Clinical trials are essential for medical advancements. Their main goal is to gain a better understanding of a condition to develop the best form of treatment.

However, the topic of clinical trials is not something you bring up at the dinner table. There are still several misconceptions about it that make it harder for us to understand the value of being a participant.

Here are some common myths and misconceptions about clinical trials:

  1. MYTH: Participants are guinea pigs.
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    FACT: Your safety is a priority in a clinical trial. There are strict guidelines that all researchers must follow regarding the ethical treatment of clinical trial volunteers. Before becoming a participant, you will be thoroughly informed of the benefits and risks of the clinical trial. In addition, all studies for testing devices, treatments or medicines have gone through a rigorous evaluative process by the FDA and ethical review boards to help ensure that they will be safe for humans.
  2. MYTH: Participating is expensive

    Clinical Trials common myths Bandera Family Health Care Research blog FACT: Participating in a clinical trial comes at no cost to you. Clinical trials are typically privately or federally funded. The sponsor, often a pharmaceutical company, covers all the costs of tests, scans, visits and medication. Additionally, you are typically not required to have health insurance, and in fact, participants often receive compensation for time and travel.
  3. MYTH: You can’t leave a clinical trial

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    FACT: There is a misconception that once you agree to participate, you have to stay until the end of the trial. This is no true. All participants are volunteers and can leave a trial at any time if they wish to do so.

Choosing to participate in a clinical trial is a major decision that should be made with your doctor and your family.

Participating will give you access to possible new treatment options, allow you to receive care from board-certified physicians and other medical staff, and receive medication or treatment at no cost to you. Additionally, your participation will help the medical community gain a better understanding of the condition which helps advance medicine for current and future generations.

Your participation is important and can help you and others!

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