The motivation for a patient to be involved with a clinical trial will vary from person to person. Some patients are not achieving success with approved products and would like the chance to try something new; even with the knowledge that it’s still being tested and that they may be assigned to the control group, and may therefore not be treated with the product under evaluation.

Other patients are motivated by the desire to help others or to advance the cause of medical science. Still others are attracted by the higher level of attention and care sometimes available to patients as part of many clinical trials.

Whatever your reasons may be for considering a clinical trial, the decision to participate is highly personal and should be made only after you have carefully reviewed all available information for the specific trial you’re thinking about, along with close consultation with appropriate health care professionals and family members.