Survey: Most Americans say frank discussions about clinical trials should be the norm

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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.

  1. Three-fourths of respondents believed participating in clinical trials brings just as much value to the healthcare system as giving blood.
  1. 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.
  1. A majority of respondents (74 percent) would participate in a clinical trial if asked by someone they trust.
  1. 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.
  1. Forty-four percent of respondents agreed clinical trial participation should be a routine health behavior, whether a patient is healthy or sick.
  1. Men were more likely to advocate for routine clinical trial participation (48 percent), compared to women (39 percent).

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