Why Should All Women Consider Participating in Clinical Trials?

Why Should All Women Consider Participating in Clinical Trials?


[DR. JANINE CLAYTON]
I think every woman should consider participating in clinical research, because it gives you
an opportunity to be part of a solution. Men and women are different, and when only
men participate, we have information that really represents only half of the population.
Unless women participate in clinical research, we can’t develop evidence that
is relevant to the female body. [JAMIE GENTILLE]
I think it is important for women to participate in clinical trials as it is important for
anyone to participate. When I was joining these trials as a kid, it was, to me, lifesaving,
and my only option. And as I have gotten older and have done so well on medication and really
progressed to the point where I can live a full and healthy life like anyone else can,
I see that this is only possible because I participated in a clinical trial and because
so many other people did before me. [JULIANA EJEDOGHAOBI]
I was just fortunate enough to participate with the NIH Stem Cell Research.
I’m very, very grateful for going through this clinical trial, and I would do
it all over again in a heartbeat. [LAURA LEE]
So I’ve worked at the Clinical
Center for almost 30 years. And as a woman, working here first as a nurse
and now managing patient safety for the hospital, I think it’s so important that we
as women participate in clinical trials and other research projects, because what
we’re doing here today will inform health care and medicine in 10 or 20 years. So from
a female perspective, I want my voice heard for my granddaughter in 20 years, so that
the care that she gets 25 years from now by her local general practitioner has been informed
by research that was done in partnership with women. So I encourage women to participate
in clinical research. It’s safe, it’s important and it’s what you want to do for your
daughters, your granddaughters, your nieces, 10, 20, 30 years from now. [SUE SCOTT]
If people ask me, ”Why consider a clinical
trial?” I think, beyond just being part of something that’s helping further science,
it’s just about keeping that piece of hope alive to believe that there’s a possibility
that something new could work, that there’s some treatment out there that
could have hope, and to hold onto that. [DR. JANINE CLAYTON]
Every woman should learn about clinical research and what it can do for you,
your family, and your community.

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