How to Find a Clinical Trial


Today, there are numerous resources to help find clinical trials. And with more clinical trials being conducted by independent, community-based physicians, there is a far greater chance that primary and specialty care physicians and nurses will be able to help find the right clinical trials.

The resources mentioned below can be helpful when trying to find a clinical trial. It can also be useful when family and friends help to find and narrow down options to a few targeted opportunities.

The goal when trying to find a clinical trial is to be as thorough and comprehensive as possible. Every piece of information that is found and every individual along the way could help in tracking down the right clinical trial.

Once a research study is located, it is important to ask the study staff questions about the trial before making the decision to participate.

Research Centers

Contact a local clinical research center with expertise in your medical condition. Some of these centers may be advertising for trials that are currently recruiting volunteers. You can identify research centers in a variety of ways. Your physician or nurse, and even friends and family, may know of reputable centers. The phone book may also contain listings. Many research centers have their own websites and they may be linked to academic health centers if they are an affiliate.

Health Professionals

Primary and specialty care physicians and nurses, in particular, may have access to some specialized (and expensive) medical journals and online databases where clinical trials, and study drugs, are routinely discussed topics. These professionals are also worth consulting after you’ve found some initial sources of information.