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It isn’t necessary to go into personal details or the mechanics of the trial, unless you’re very close and comfortable with your colleagues at work. Most important is to honestly state the reasons why you’re participating, what it means to you, and potentially to many others in the future.

You can tell them:

  • You’ll gain access to a new research treatment that might work for you although it is not yet widely available outside of a clinical trial
  • You are helping others by contributing to medical research
  • Clinical trials are the path all new medical therapies must take to become accepted practice — a critical and required step to speed cures
  • The success of clinical trials depends on the participation of volunteers like you

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