How to Find Clinical Trials Near You
There are currently 276,066 research studies in all 50 states and in 203 countries that need volunteers to take part. Even with so many options, it can be difficult for interested patients to find opportunities they're interested in near them.
Finding a trial
The first step in looking for a clinical trial may start with a conversation with your doctor. You can also search for trials yourself, then talk with your doctor about options that interest you. Of course, the easiest place to start your search is online.
All clinical trials that are looking for patients are listed on ClinicalTrials.gov, but since the website was built for researchers rather than patients, it can be difficult to navigate. Antidote created a tool called Match that allows you to search for trials in your area based on questions about you and your health. Nonprofit organizations and other websites may have tools you can use specifically for your condition, too.
- Enter in your zip code, age, sex, and condition. Once that's in, you'll choose how far you would be willing to travel for a trial. The wider your radius, the more trial results you'll see.
- Answer a few questions about your condition and medical history. Based on the condition you choose on the first screen, the tool will ask you a few questions about your health and medical history. Questions may be about how long you've been diagnosed, other conditions you may have, and other information that can be relevant to clinical trials.
- Get your results and click into a trial to learn more. Once you reach your results page, click onto the names of different trials to learn more about them. You'll see information about the study's requirements for participation, as well as the goal of the study and where the study site is located.
- If you're interested in the trial, contact the study site. On the trial's page, you'll see a list of study sites. Choose the one that's closest to you, and email yourself details about the trial. Then you can reach out on your own and learn more. Someone will give you a call about the trial, and if they think you may qualify, you'll be invited to the site for an in-person screening.
- Talk to your doctor about the trial.Before deciding to participate in a trial, it's important to share the opportunity with your doctor and see if they think it's a good fit. If you have a few different trials you're choosing between, your doctor can help you make the final call.
Types of clinical trials
When you're looking for clinical trials, you'll notice that there are a few different kinds out there that you can choose from. The main clinical trial types are:
Observational: In an observational trial, patients are observed and assessed for health outcomes, but there isn't a treatment involved. You may be asked to keep track of your symptoms over time in these trials. For example, researchers may observe a group of older adults with different lifestyles to track their cardiac health.
Interventional: In an interventional study, participants are given a treatment and monitored to see whether it has an impact on their symptoms. The intervention can be a drug, medical device, or lifestyle change, such as a specific diet or exercise regime.
As you consider your trial options, think carefully about which type of clinical trial might be best for you.
Clinical Trial Phases
When you find trials that you may be a fit for, you'll also see what phase the trial is. Each phase has different characteristics:
Phase 1: In this phase, researchers test whether a potential treatment is safe. This is the most likely phase to be paid, but it's also the most risky. Treatments that make it to this phase have generally been tested in animals first.
Phase 2: After testing just for safety, the next clinical trials phase researches whether a treatment is both safe and effective. These trials usually enroll a few hundred participants and last several months.
Phase 3: This is generally the last step of the clinical trial process. Phase 3 trials test for safety and effectiveness with hundreds to thousands of volunteers.
You'll need to weigh the different aspects of these phases to determine what phase trial you are most comfortable with. You may also want to discuss this with your physician.
Ready to find a clinical trial that's right for you? Start searching for trial matches in your area below.