Take the Diabetes Health Pump Survey
See What's Inside
Read this FREE issue now
For healthcare professionals only
  • 12 Tips for Traveling With Diabetes
See the entire table of contents here!

You can view the current or previous issues of Diabetes Health online, in their entirety, anytime you want.
Click Here To View

See if you qualify for our free healthcare professional magazines. Click here to start your application for Pre-Diabetes Health, Diabetes Health Pharmacist and Diabetes Health Professional.

Learn More About the Professional Subscription

Free Diabetes Health e-Newsletter
Latest
Popular
Top Rated
Diabetes Health Reference Charts
Type 1 Issues Archives
Print | Email | Share | Comments (2)

Clinical Trial Participants Miss Out On the Accolades

Nov 17, 2008

Those of us touched by diabetes know that clinical trials are important but there’s no a whole lot of thanks out there.

It turns out that donating your time to science isn't the ego booster we thought it was. There aren't a lot of thanks out there. A recent national survey of 900 adults found that while 84 percent of the public greatly admire organ donors and 68 percent greatly admire blood donors, a paltry 33 percent greatly admire people who participate in clinical trials.

The survey was done in December 2006 by the Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) and the polling firm Opinion Dynamics Corporation (ODC). According to a January 2007 article in the CISCRP's newsletter The Participant, the survey was the first to measure public recognition of the role that clinical research participants play in advancing medical science.

The CISCRP-ODC poll also found that:

  • 40 percent of the public believe that organ donors make the greatest contribution to mankind
  • 29 percent believe that a person who gives blood makes the greatest contribution to mankind
  • 10 percent believe that people who raise money for charity make the greatest contribution to mankind
  • Only 9 percent believe that clinical trial volunteers make the greatest contribution to mankind.

Oddly, ninety-four percent of the public recognizes that participation in clinical research is important to advancing medical science. Despite that recognition, most of them fail to greatly admire the volunteers. The CISCRP has called for increased public education about the importance of clinical research volunteers, noting that recruitment is challenging and that most clinical trials are delayed due to the difficulty of finding participants. The fewer volunteers there are, the longer it takes to get new drugs and treatments approved.

What YOU Can Do

Those of us touched by diabetes know that clinical trials are important. Most diabetes clinical trials involve insulin or drugs: new insulin analogs for people with type 1 diabetes and new medications, oral or injected, for type 2s. It's National Diabetes Month, so why not volunteer for a clinical trial?

At least your mom might thank you.

Source: The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) 


Related Article

Looking to Participate in a Clinical Trial? Here Are Some Good Sites to Explore

Jun 19, 2008


Categories: Diabetes, Diabetes, Insulin, Research, Type 1 Issues, Type 2 Issues



You May Also Be Interested In...


Click Here To View Or Post Comments

Nov 17, 2008

©1991-2014 Diabetes Health | Home | Privacy | Press | Advertising | Help | Contact Us | Donate | Sitemap

Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.