November 19, 2019
Why Should I Join a Clinical Trial?

Why Should I Join a Clinical Trial?

DR. RODGERS: Clinical trials are at the heart
of advances in health and medicine. They look for better ways to prevent, detect,
and treat disease, and improve the health of current and future generations. You – as a volunteer in a clinical trial
– can play an important part in advancing human health, for yourself and others. Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of
the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes
of Health. Each year, doctors and scientists across the
nation conduct research into some of the most chronic, costly, and consequential diseases
and conditions in the nation. And to make progress, they rely on the help
of volunteers — people like you and me. Clinical trials rely on volunteers with
certain diseases and medical conditions, and some studies need healthy people. It’s important to include volunteers who
represent the people most affected by a disease or illness. Race, ethnicity, age, gender, and physical
sizes and abilities can all play roles in the risks and outcomes for many treatments. Volunteer safety is especially important. Guidelines and a review board are in place
to make sure studies are safe. By volunteering in a clinical trial, you can
help your community. As a scientist, I’ve led clinical studies,
and I’ve also volunteered to participate in studies myself. And you can, too. Talk to your health care provider. She or he can share more information and help
you decide if a clinical trial is right for you. I hope you’ll consider joining a clinical
trial. For more information, please visit

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