Why should I participate in a clinical research study?

The reasons for deciding to participate in a clinical research study are very personal, but we can describe some of the reasons that have been identified by research participants. Some people participate in clinical research studies in order to add to the understanding of the product, which may help others in the future. Others want the opportunity to possibly receive investigational products that are only available in a clinical research study. Still others, in exploring all their medical options, view the opportunity to participate in a clinical research study as a way to play an active role in their health care.