Feb 06

Listing of clinical trials

Where should you look?

“ Clinical Trials (or Clinical Research Trials) study human response to a new drug or therapy. A Clinical Trial Volunteer is a person who volunteers in testing a new drug or therapy. The information is collected at the Clinical Research Center, and will determine whether the investigational compound or therapy will be approved for release on the market.” So you’ve done your preps. You looked up the definition of clinical trials, gathered information and facts on the different phases  (Phase I-IV), different studies (human pharmacology, therapeutic exploratory, therapeutic confirmatory, therapeutic use), risks and side effects (in regards to different type of phases or targeted disease) and have decided why, you personally, would like to become a clinical trial volunteer.

The next step is now to look for a clinical research center where you would like to join as clinical trial volunteer. If you have been in clinical research trials in the past, you may want to reconnect with the clinical research center: give them a call, to find out what is available for you. However, if for any reasons, you needed to look for a new center, or if you have never taken part of clinical trial, here are the five top places a clinical trial volunteer might want to browse to find a nearby clinical research center.

1.Hospital
A lot of physicians and specialists affiliated with a hospital are also involved in clinical research trials. Therefore, you may want to give the hospital a call and tell them that you would like to become a clinical trial volunteer to find out about any ongoing studies. You can even decide to be more specific and chose a particular department (respiratory, oncology, arthritis, etc.) and directly call the department or visit their website, as many of them will list the type of clinical trials available in their departments. Finally, at your next appointment at the hospital/clinic, make sure you have a look at the board near the font desk, you may find out that the clinic is also a clinical research center and many of the doctors will post their ongoing trials and needs for clinical trial volunteer there.

2.University
Similarly to hospitals, a lot of physicians and specialists affiliated to a university are also involved in clinical research trials. However, to find out about them, it may be easier to look into the university website than to call the university. Also, because a lot of  college students enroll in clinical trials, you may also be able to find many posters about ongoing clinical research studies on the university campus, such as in the cafeteria boards or in general poster boards on the university campus. So on your next lunch break, have a look on the school posting boards and find out a nearby clinical research center.

3.Local Journal
Next time you go for a walk, pick up the free newspaper. To find enough clinical trial volunteers to enroll in their studies, many clinical research centers advertise in local newspapers. Some newspapers have a dedicated section for clinical trial volunteers in the last few pages (ads section) of the newspaper. However, in some papers, you will find clinical research trials ads throughout the whole journal, so while you are reading the latest news about Hollywood, also carefully browse the surrounding ads.

4.Telephone directories
Although more associated to finding a nearby florist or plumber, the Yellow Pages book also contains a useful directory of independent clinical research centers in your region. Those centers are usually not affiliated with any hospitals or universities. So pick up your dusty and heavy Yellow Pages book (or any other telephone directory) or use their online website and search for the trial centers in your area.

5.Internet
The new way of spreading the news and information is through the use of the internet. Although internet allows a quick search, the information gathered may be less specific. For example, although the number of listing and directories for clinical trial volunteers are numerous, it may be difficult to find a clinical research center in your area. As you become more familiar with the terms and with the right sets of keywords, you may find just what you need. So hop on your computer and start “googling” your way through clinical trials.

Finally, although it may give you a good start, the list suggested above is not exhaustive and you may need to look further to find a clinical research center that carries a study that interests you as a clinical trial volunteer. Keep your ears and your eyes open, you will realize that information is more common than you thought: people you may know, radio ads, your family doctor, community center boards, etc.

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