Squashing the Stigma about Clinical Research

A stigma is basically just a negative generalization that supports a stereotype. Psychological research indicates that stigmas or unfair social attitudes, which place groups of people or things into certain categories, are often created as a way for some people to deal with things they don’t understand.

Stigmas can be caused by a number of things. Some of the most common stigmas influencers include media portrayals, cultural beliefs and/or lack of information and then they are often socially perpetuated. 

Stigmas can be as simple as many people thinking that accountants are boring or as complex and potentially harmful as racism and sexual orientation stigmas, as stigmas such as thinking all obese people are lazy or those suffering from mental health issues are less competent. Incorrect and damaging stigmas can even apply to clinical trials. 

Stigmas associated with clinical trials can be particularly problematic and may be laden with dangerous potential. For instance, the harmful effects of the stigmas associated with clinical trial research may include lack of clinical or medical advancement, delay of treatment or the possibility of someone who is in dire need of certain treatment never receiving that necessary treatment – both which could result in poor quality of life, worsening serious medical conditions and even death.

Have you ever heard someone say that they would never be a clinical study “lab rat” or a “guinea pig”? The truth is that clinical research is the farthest thing from either of those unfortunate phrases born of misinformation. The following is not an attempt to call less than ethical or moral thoughts, beliefs or behavior into question. It is merely an attempt to impart accurate information so that people can become knowledgeable enough to make their own informed decisions about clinical research.

Dispelling the myths surrounding clinical trials should include the fact that during clinical studies, clinical trial volunteers are provided the best transparent care from the clinical trial start to finish; and while there can be some level of risk involved in clinical trial testing, there are a host of ethics and legalities which govern the clinical trial process.

Another belief about clinical trials that begs debunking is the thought that clinical trials are only for patients who have run out of options. That couldn’t be further from the truth, as patients involved in clinical trials can receive help at every stage and treatment of various conditions; and oftentimes totally healthy clinical trial participants are required as a control group (which is only given placebos) for simple data collection.

Anyone interested in learning more about clinical studies or becoming a clinical trial volunteer should also be aware of all of the safety measures in place for their protection. First and foremost, the Food and Drug Administration is a vigilant watchdog with the best interests of everyone in place.

Their rules, regulations and required processes help to ensure that everyone involved in clinical testing is kept safe. For instance – and this is just one of so many – in order to even get to the point where a clinical trial is allowed to introduce people into the testing mix, there are so very many things that need to occur. There are enormous amounts of research conducted prior to clinical trials; and then the clinical trials are conducted in a series of four phases which are methodically and carefully facilitated.

There are also a multitude of medical advancements that are woven tightly into the fabric of clinical testing to ensure the best, safest outcomes. Additionally, clinical trial volunteers are always made aware of potential risks if any exist before they participate in any capacity at all.

Plus, as you can imagine, there are massive amounts of effective protocols that have been put into place over many years to ensure that clinical trials are properly and safely conducted.

Then there are the consummate professionals who have dedicated their lives to clinical testing. They are experienced and knowledgeable – some of the best and brightest – research and medical professionals, including doctors and licensed nurses who work one-on-one to provide personal monitoring and care to every clinical trial volunteer.

The purpose of clinical trials is to improve lives through research and the advancement of medicine. In fact, you might be amazed to discover all of the medical advancements to which clinical studies have led. Some of the remarkable medical advancements discovered through the process of clinical trials include polio prevention, effective diabetes treatments, flu and measles vaccines, HIV medication, antibiotics; and those are just a few.

The professionals at Riverside Clinical Research are committed to enhancing lives through innovation medicine. If you would like to help make the world a better place and you are interested in learning more, feel free to contact Riverside Clinical Research at 386-428-7730 Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Friday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Interested parties may also access the Riverside Clinical Research patient portal which can be found on riversideclinicalresearch.com. Additionally, please feel free to email any questions to info@riversideclinicalresearch.com

Riverside Clinical Research volunteers are paid for their efforts and they are often able to benefit from innovative medical treatments before they are made available to the general public. There are no costs for the medical procedures or treatments provided by the medical professionals at Riverside Clinical Research and there is no insurance necessary to participate.

Not only may clinical trials produce various benefits for their volunteers, but the more people who enroll to become clinical trial volunteers, the more rapidly essential preventions, diagnostic methods, treatments and therapies will become available for people who may need them now or in the future.

Conveniently located at 1410 S. Ridgewood Avenue in Edgewater, Riverside Clinical Research can support up to 26 in-house patients and a large number of outpatients.