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Finding Clinical Trials in Your Own Backyard

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Today, thanks to the Internet and more clinical trials being conducted by independent community-based physicians, it is easier than ever before to find a trial that fits your needs.

Numerous resources can assist in identifying available trials that may be right for you. Besides the resources listed here, you own primary and specialty care doctors and nurses are always a good starting point for conducting a broad base search and then narrowing down your options to target your specific needs.

If you don't find the right trial on your first attempt, don’t become discouraged. Remember, each piece of information that you collect and every person you speak with may assist you in tracking down a clinical trial that could hold some potential for you.

If need be, ask family and friends to help you with the broad base search to collect as many opportunities as possible, thereby increasing your chances of finding the right trial for you.

Additionally, local research hospitals and universities are often looking for patient participants. They typically list available studies on their web site and in the local newspaper. Radio, television and billboard ads are often used by private research companies seeking participants.

In addition, a wealth of disease-specific websites and organizations often keep up-to-date information about clinical trials.These website databases are a great place to being your online search. You can typically find the most recently updated listing of clinical trials.

  • www.SearchClinicalTrials.org offers a free search engine database online based on your condition and or geographical location, or you can get help from a staff member who will search for you by filling out the online form or calling the toll-free number, 1-877-MED HERO.
  • www.ClinicalTrials.gov is an easy-to-search Web site containing thousands of clinical studies that you can use to find studies on a particular disease or condition. You can also search for a specific type of treatment or for a study located near you.
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Thank you for all this incredible information in this article. I was recently diagnosed with hypertension and am always trying to find different ways to deal with it so it doesn't become a bigger problem.
I am changing my lifestyle, and researching as much as possible for any information regarding a "Heart Condition"
Many thanks,
Donna Merrill

March 9, 2012 - 10:30am
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