How to Find and Take Part in Paid Clinical Trials

If you’ve ever looked into participating in a research study, you may know that some studies offer financial compensation. But how do you go about finding paid clinical trials, and are they right for you?

First, it’s important to understand why you’d be paid in the first place. CISCRP points out that you are being compensated as a reward for a risk - you may receive benefits such as access to care and facilities that aren’t available to average patients, but the treatments you’ll test have not been approved.

The amount of payment has to do with the phase of the trial - earlier trials such as Phase 1 pay more (nearly $2,000 on average) because the treatments being studied are less well-understood. The therapeutic area can also impact payment - cardiovascular disease, neurology, endocrine, gastrointestinal, and blood disorders trials tend to pay the most. But, it’s important to remember that paid clinical trials ask something from you in return; in addition to testing not-yet-approved treatments, you’ll likely be asked to track symptoms and side effects, and travel to the site to take part.

Some trials offer payment for time and effort, while others simply reimburse travel costs or childcare. If you’re thinking “sounds great,” you might be wondering how you can find a paid trial. Unfortunately, there is no perfect way to do this - many trials don’t include this information in their public registry listings, and just looking at advertisements won’t tell you if you are likely to qualify for a study. Many websites feature lists of paid trials, but again, it may be difficult to ascertain whether you might be eligible.

We recommend finding a few trials for which you may qualify, then contacting the sites to learn more about the study and about potential payment.

Even if a trial isn’t paid, if you live with a particular condition, you may find it’s worth the access to a potential new treatment and the care you receive at the facility.

Either way, It’s important for you to fully understand what you’re considering committing to, so a conversation with the study site is crucial. CISCRP has a great list of questions to ask.