More Americans say they would ‘very likely’ participate in a clinical trial if recommended by a doctor, an 11% increase from 2013, according to a new national public opinion survey commissioned by Research!America; and 46% say they admire people who volunteer for clinical trials ‘a great deal’, a 9% increase.
“The research community is committed to conducting safe, ethical, and high-quality clinical trials and we are gratified that the public’s perception of clinical trials has moved in a positive direction,” said Doug Peddicord, executive director of the Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO).
An overwhelming majority of respondents (86%) say discussions about clinical trials should be a part of standard of care even as participation rates remain low. While 80% of respondents say they have heard of a clinical trial, only 18% say they or someone in their family has ever participated in one.
More than half (55%) of Americans say individuals do not participate because of lack of awareness and information. In fact, only 19% say their doctor or other health care professional has ever talked to them about medical research.
“Development of incentives to drive more discussions between patients and health care professionals about the importance of participating in trials could encourage both ill and healthy individuals to view this as a routine health behavior,” said Mary Woolley, President and CEO of Research!America.
Many Americans are also embracing technology for data sharing. A majority (72%) say they are likely to use technology such as apps, phones and monitoring devices to share their personal health data for clinical research; and nearly half (47%) say they like having clinical trial information/data/results delivered through their phone.
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