Millennials are changing the face of healthcare. As in many other industries, Millennials are bringing fresh ideas about technology; the sharing-economy, cost savings, and convenience that are all changing the way healthcare providers offer medical services.
Clinical research, or trials conducted by medical professionals to test new treatments, is no exception – as illustrated by the story of one 21-year old research staff member who found success posting clinical research trial options on Snapchat. So what do Millennials think about clinical research?
Getting reimbursed is always nice
One of the benefits of volunteering for a clinical trial is that most trials offer compensation to volunteers who participate. Not every trial is compensated, but many are. With student debt, expensive housing, and saving money for the future – most Millennials like the idea of being reimbursed for their time. Do your research to find which organizations offer compensation, or start by calling a DaVita Clinical Research recruiter to learn more.
Giving up my whole weekend?!
Millennials are busy. According to a 2012 Forbes article, there is a trend of Millennials filling up every available spot in their schedule to be as productive as possible. So why would you want to give up one or multiple days to spend in a research facility? Other than the financial compensation, it can also be a break from your normal routine, with many amenities like pool tables, games, movies, nice meals, and more. Relax and take a load off, or use the Wi-Fi and computers to continue being productive.
What about the risks?
Any types of clinical research poses potential risks, but remember that there are strict rules and guidelines set by the FDA that research facilities must follow. The FDA regularly inspects clinical trial facilities to assure their quality and best practices. Many Millennials are more risk-conscious than other generations, and like to be well informed. Make sure to choose a research facility where you feel comfortable with the recruiters’ answers to your questions and that you have the most information possible before proceeding with a trial.
Advancing scientific research
Finally, there’s the benefit of doing some good for the world. Through volunteers and trial participants, the researchers have the opportunity to learn more about specific medical treatments and their effect on the body. Millennials are volunteering and giving in ways different from previous generations, but not in fewer numbers. Participating in clinical trials is another way this generation can help leave their mark on the world.
Disclaimer: Phase 1 (in-patient) clinical trials are not intended to treat a disease or condition. Phase 3 (out-patient) clinical trials may help treat an existing disease or condition. The information presented in this blog may be referring to either a phase 1 clinical trial or to a phase 3 clinical trial or to both. If you contact us regarding a trial, be sure to speak with the recruiter about whether or not the trial is intended to treat a condition.