Are you a student thinking of doing a clinical trial. Read this first.

Most of us at some point in our lives has been a student. Be it someone on a one-year foundation course to a Masters or PhD hopeful there comes a time when money suddenly becomes an issue and you need to do some work to supplement your studies along with any bursaries or loan you might have. One option that some look to do is to be a participant in a clinical trial.  Paid Clinical Trials like the ones at http://www.trials4us.co.uk/ are certainly an option but what can you expect from the trial? Here is a short and certainly not exhaustive guide.

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First of all, will you get paid? You certainly will for some, especially the ones on the website above but there are others that will only cover your costs such as travel and board. Therefore, you really need to check how you are going to be reimbursed. Not only that but there may be a lot of privations involved that could disturb your studies or make you feel pretty rough.You may have to stay overnight in hospital and worse you may have to give up alcohol or even some or all food. There may also be some side effects but that is sometimerather the whole point of the trial.

The point of the trial is that the suggested medicine be safe to use. You might not actually receive the new medicine as part of the test. You may just get a placebo (which is basically just a sugar pill) or you may end up taking the standard treatment already being used to treat the ailment. The are several stages to the trials.

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The first stage is where a select few of the trialists are given the medicine. They are healthy and will be monitored by the team to see how their bodies. It starts with small amounts and then builds up the dosage to see what safe levels are before side effects and complications occur. Another group will be given a sugar pill or a placebo as it is known that contains no medicine. These are the control group and it will enable the team to compare results.

It’s probably likely that your involvement in the trial ends there as the later stages are all conducted with the people who are actually ill with the condition or disease starting to take the pills. They will also be divided into the treatment and control groups.

You can leave the trial at any point you wish.  Hopefully this gives you some idea what’s involved.