Survey: Most Americans say frank discussions about clinical trials should be the norm
Eighty-six percent of Americans believe patient, provider discussions on clinical trials should be a standard of care, according to a new survey conducted by Zogby Analytics on behalf of Research!America.
The nationwide survey polled 1,000 adults on their perceptions of clinical trials in July 2017.
Here are six survey findings.
- Three-fourths of respondents believed participating in clinical trials brings just as much value to the healthcare system as giving blood.
- Thirty-seven percent of Americans said they would 'very likely' participate in a clinical trial if their physician recommended it, marking an 11 percent increase from a similar survey conducted in 2013.
- A majority of respondents (74 percent) would participate in a clinical trial if asked by someone they trust.
- While 80 percent of respondents said they've heard of clinical trials, only 18 percent have participated or know a family member who participated in one.
- Forty-four percent of respondents agreed clinical trial participation should be a routine health behavior, whether a patient is healthy or sick.
- Men were more likely to advocate for routine clinical trial participation (48 percent), compared to women (39 percent).