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Medical News & Perspectives
September 24, 2003

Help Wanted: Participants for Clinical Trials

JAMA. 2003;290(12):1567-1568. doi:10.1001/jama.290.12.1567

Clinical trials are the backbone of medical research, but that framework needs shoring up in its ability to attract participants from the general population.

Researchers have long been frustrated in their ability to attract and maintain patient participation in clinical trials. Patients often are unaware of trials or lack access to them. They also can be fearful or suspicious of the research or worry about added costs .