Paid clinical trials are out there, but most people don't know where to find them. In today's post, I'm sharing with you a list of ten resources for these types of trials if it's something you think you'd like to participate in on occasion.
What Are Paid Clinical Trials?
According to the National Institute on Aging, paid clinical trials are “research studies performed in people that are aimed at evaluating a medical, surgical, or behavioral intervention.”
There are clinical trials for everything you can imagine — asthma, migraines, depression, Alzheimer's and pretty much anything else you can think of.
Whether or not you qualify to participate in a clinical trial will depend on all kinds of different factors including your age, what you suffer from, how healthy you are, and more.
How Much Do Clinical Trials Pay?
If you're lucky enough to get in on a paid clinical trial, they pay well! The exact amount varies of course, but you can usually expect to earn hundreds or thousands of dollars for the duration of your participation.
When figuring the pay, researchers factor in things like how long trial lasts, the time you're expected to put in (if you have to stay overnight in facility, that pays more), any risk involved to you, and of course their budget.
How Long Do Clinical Trials Last?
Again, this depends. I've seen several where it's just a few weeks of your time. But then there are others that last for months or even years.
As mentioned above, the longer duration studies tend to pay significantly more.
Are Clinical Trials Safe?
According to WebMD, the vast majority of clinical trials are extremely safe. That said, you will be informed of potential risks prior to your participation, and that should help you decide if the trial is for you.
There are always exceptions and nothing is guaranteed, especially when new drugs are being tested and the researchers aren't clear yet as to how the drugs will affect humans.
It is usually recommended that you talk to your healthcare provider prior to joining any clinical trial so you understand if you are healthy enough for it and to determine if it would be right for you.
Where Can I Sign Up For Paid Clinical Trials?
In the list below, there are ten different places to find clinical trials near you.
- Pennington BioMedical Research Center (Louisiana State University) – Lots of paid research trials going on at all times for cancer, diabetes, obesity, nutrition, and more.
- Johns Hopkins – They have Covid trials going on, and there is also a search box on the site where you can type in specific keywords to find other trials.
- Mayo Clinic – Mayo Clinic has a large database of clinical trials nationwide. Type in the condition, treatment, or drug name. Or, you can browse specific categories to find trials to join.
- ClinicalTrials.gov – ClinicalTrials.gov is a database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies conducted around the world.
- Trials Today – This is another database of clinical trials going on not just in the US, but around the world.
- Alzheimers.gov – This is a database of clinical trials pertaining to Alzheimer's going on in the United States.
- Anxiety & Depression Association of America – This is where you can find clinical trials for people with anxiety and/or depression in the United States.
- Merck Clinical Trials – This company conducts clinical trials across many areas of focus, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and endocrinology, respiratory and immunology, vaccines, and more.
- Labcorp – Clinical trials across many categories and in different locations across the US. Most of these pay thousands of dollars.
- Clinical Hero – Another database of clinical trials nationwide. Scanning the list, I see that most of these also pay thousands of dollars for your participation.
The information above hopefully gives you a lot of what you need to not only find paid clinical trials to join, but also to understand how well they can pay.
Again, check with your doctor or medical provider to be sure you're healthy enough for any studies you're considering signing up for and keep in mind that even if something is relatively safe, there are always going to be risks.