John found he enjoyed the sense of community and being of service. Elaine volunteered and felt that she got at least as much out of the experience as she gave. Jeff overcame his fear of needles so he could make a difference in a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial.

For participants, clinical trials can offer hope — for their own health, or for the health of future patients. Here, they share their stories with the goal of giving you a clearer sense of the clinical trial experience. Their experiences may help inform you as you consider whether clinical trial participation is right for you or your loved one.

Participating in a clinical trial is a personal decision that includes risks. The study team or a study representative can answer any questions you have about participation.

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Elaine, clinical trial participant

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The staff was very upfront with me about everything. I felt really confident participating.

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Eric, clinical trial participant

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Everyone affiliated with medical studies [is] making a difference.                                         

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