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Did you know...

that the top three reasons why volunteers take part in clinical trials are:

  • To advance medicine (51%)
  • To find a better treatment for my condition (46%)
  • To help others with my condition (39%)

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COL Michael Roy is looking at how Virtual Iraq, an interactive virtual reality program that mimics a soldier?s experience in Iraq, can help service members recover from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). COL Michael Roy is looking at how Virtual Iraq, an interactive virtual reality program that mimics a soldier's experience in Iraq, can help service members recover from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
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About Volunteering

Why Do People Volunteer?

The earth is round. Smoking is bad for your heart. Staying in the sun for long without sunscreen can be harmful.

These statements may seem obvious to us now. But we didn't always know these facts; it took research to figure them out. Research is necessary to answer many questions about how the world works, including our bodies and health. Clinical research focuses on disease, disorders, symptoms, and treatment, and can answer important questions such as:

What is the best way to diagnose TBI?
What treatments are effective for PTSD?

A lot of time, effort and money is put into developing and conducting clinical research. However, research would not happen if it weren't for research volunteers who make informed decisions to take part in studies.

Before Participating

There are several things anyone interested in participating in research should know beforehand:

  • What is the purpose?
  • Who is sponsoring it?
  • Who can participate?
  • What will I get out of the study?
  • What are the risks to me?
  • What are my alternatives?

It is important to ask as many questions as needed to feel comfortable about making a decision to participate in research.

The media and movies can sometimes make research seem scary and dangerous-- fortunately research in real life is not like that. There are safeguards and oversight in legitimate research for the sole purpose of protecting the research volunteer.