Breakthroughs in medical treatments have helped millions of people, and most of us have personally benefited from research in some way even if we don’t realize it.
Community involvement in research is vital as it can build trust, encourage participation among under-represented groups, and enhance the relevance of research findings.
Different people have different reasons for participating in a clinical trial. If available treatments offer a low chance of success or have negative side effects, a clinical trial may be a good option. Participating in a clinical trial is also a way to contribute to the advancement of science, which may factor into some people's decisions, but it's not the only way to participate in research:
What's known for sure, according to patient surveys, is that people who participate in clinical studies feel better about their health care and have better health outcomes.