Healthcare professionals are all well aware of what a clinical trial is, how they work, and the possibilities that are provided to those who participate. However, the majority of Americans have not participated or heard about opportunities to participate in clinical research. According to a survey conducted by Research!America in partnership with Zogby Analytics (2017), fewer than 10% of Americans actually participate in clinical trials. Digging further into the reasons why, 55% of those surveyed stated that they were not aware or lacked information regarding clinical trials (Research!America, 2017).
This is an issue that can be remedied with the help of healthcare professionals. By staying up- to- date with new medications that are in the clinical trial process, physicians can inform their patients about possible trials that may be of interest to them. According to the Association of Clinical Research Professionals, (ACRP, 2017), and a study conducted by the Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO, 2017) more than 80% of people would participate in a clinical trial if their physician recommended it, while 86% believed that physicians should discuss any possible clinical trials as part of their standard of care. With the emergence of biologics in regards to different conditions such as asthma, atopic dermatitis, and nasal polyps, there are a growing number of new types of medications that are going through the trial process that show great promise and growth in fields of medication that have been stagnant for an extended period of time.
At Clinical Research Center of Alabama (CRCA), the majority of our participants come from referrals, either internally from the physicians/nurse practitioners at Alabama Allergy and Asthma Center or outside physician referrals. Having a physician discuss a possible trial has the ability to relieve fears of participating in something that is considered an “unknown” to the un-informed. Sometimes, physicians worry that bringing up clinical trials will deviate from their allotted time with their patients, which in turn takes away from their main goal, helping their patient. It takes little to no time to mention a study. At CRCA, our goal is to provide information to both patient and physician. We would be happy to discuss in great detail the specifics of any particular study with your patients. If you just take that short time (1-2 minutes) of mentioning the possibility of research, we can take over from there. Our knowledgeable staff can provide you with any information regarding the study medication for specific studies.
To learn more about trials available at Clinical Research Center of Alabama or to refer a patient, please call 205-209-4179 or visit
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