12 Surprising Medical Research Volunteer Statistics for Clinical Trials Day
Clinical Trials Day is May 19, but every day, medical research volunteers participate in thousands of trials around the country for a wide range of conditions. Together, we’re advancing medical research. Share your personal story—or just an interesting fact— this Friday with #ClinicalTrialsDay to help spread the word.
Here's an interesting fact we discovered: Of 20,395 open trials on ClinicalTrials.gov we reviewed in the United States, there are ten conditions that appear in ~20% of them. In order of prominence, these are: Breast Cancers, Diabetes Mellitus, Lung Cancer, Leukemia, Lymphoma, Prostate Cancers, Depression, Heart Failure, Stroke, and Coronary Artery Disease.
And here are some more interesting data points:
- More than 2 million medical research volunteers participate in clinical trials each year.
- More than 20,000 clinical trials are actively recruiting patients in the U.S.
- Antidote Match has searchable records of over 8,500 active clinical trials in patient-friendly language.
- 194 novel drugs have been approved by the FDA since 2011.
- 95% of medical research volunteers would consider participating in another trial.
- 85% of patients are either unaware or unsure that participation in a clinical trial was an option at the time of diagnosis.
- 80% of clinical trials will not meet their patient enrollment deadlines.
- 75% of patients said they would have been willing to enroll in a clinical trial had they been aware of one
- 33% of clinical trial participants join to help further medical research.
- 29% of participants join to help improve the lives of others.
- A small number of drugs received approval prior to the creation of the modern FDA in 1938, including Merck's morphine in 1827 and aspirin in 1899.