Hooray for Clinical Trials Day! Bring out your party hats and noisemakers for a grand celebration. Praxis is happy to celebrate today, May 20, by recognizing all the incredible clinical trial participants and those who’ve helped increase awareness of clinical trials – big and small.
The following are some of the ways that you can join in the celebration.
Tell a friend.
Health literacy is a major barrier in clinical trials, so taking the opportunity to explain the mystery surrounding clinical trials is a small but important step. You can explain the process, break down medical jargon into plain language, and even discuss the societal benefits of clinical trials. Striking up that conversation may be just the thing to help spread awareness of how simple the participation process really is.
Use your voice and shout it from the rooftops (or maybe just on a social media platform)! Or you can opt to shoot a text in that big family group chat that has 32 unread messages.
Do your research.
We’ve all heard or said this at some point during the COVID-19 pandemic, but what does it actually mean to do your research? In terms of understanding scientific studies, research involves much more than a quick Google search. It means taking a deep dive into the study authors’ backgrounds and asking yourself things like, “What are their credentials?” and “How long have they been in this industry?” It could also include looking at where the study statistics are coming from. Do they have sources, and are those sources reliable? Doing your own research could help you become a reliable source for others when it comes to any number of clinical trial topics.
Thank those who have participated.
Participating in a trial can be tough. And there are a lot of factors to consider before deciding to get involved in a clinical trial. This can include taking time off of work, or even getting a babysitter. After all, participants are offering their valuable time to help progress society.
Once today is over, don’t stop the celebration! Clinical trials should be celebrated every day, not just on May 20.
Thank you to those who have participated in clinical trials and those who have developed and spread the word about clinical trials. We are grateful and appreciative of all your work!
Click here to learn more about the history of Clinical Trials Day.