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Welcome to Study Notes, a blog written by scientists, research study coordinators, and experienced research study volunteers that is designed to provide an inside look at what it’s like to participate in a clinical research study.

Researchers and research institutions face the important, and often challenging, task of encouraging people to participate in research studies.

Why is volunteering for research studies so important?

Clinical research provides the information needed to advance medicine and discover new treatments and better health care management for the future. Research is the only way we’ll make progress toward learning how to properly diagnose, treat, and even prevent diseases and other health problems.

Today’s most advanced health care treatments and therapies are all based on results from clinical and scientific research. Clinical research leads to safer, more effective medicines and treatments.

Why is it such a challenge to recruit research volunteers?

Often times people who have a health condition or disease are motivated to participate in research with the hope of finding a better treatment or solution for their problem, benefiting their own lives as well as others who will experience the same condition in the future.

Doctors may or may not encourage their patients to enroll in clinical trials if an appropriate one is available, however they also may not be aware of all the research studies that are taking place around the country, or even within their own institution.

This is why tools like StudySearch, ResearchMatch, and ClinicalTrials.gov are necessary to connect researchers with potential research study volunteers.

Those fortunate enough to be healthy and not live with a disease or chronic condition often do not think about participating in research, however healthy volunteers are just as important to research.

A healthy research study participant helps researchers understand what is “normal” and compare what is different in people with a disease or chronic condition. When researchers and health care providers know what is happening with a disease or chronic condition, it makes it easier to learn what to focus on and, hopefully, how to fix the problem.

It is no secret that many serious medical conditions remain poorly understood and there are thousands of scientists full of ideas about how to make life better for people who are sick, and even how to prevent the diseases from forming in the first place. Researchers cannot answer their research questions without conducting research studies with the help of volunteers.

Study Notes intends to inform people who might consider volunteering for clinical research studies and to hopefully answer questions like: What is it like to participate?; What we can learn from research?; How do clinicians approach their studies?; How are volunteers are protected?; and much more.

If you have a specific question about clinical research, please leave it in the comments or visit The Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science’s website.

Thanks for visiting Study Notes!

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Study Notes is an educational blog service provided by The Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science, however the views expressed in each blog post are solely the views of the author and not necessarily the views of The Ohio State University, The Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science, or any of their associated partners.

The Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science is supported by the Clinical and Translational Science Award, award numbers UL1RR025755, funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences or the National Institutes of Health.

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