What’s The Deal With Clinical Trials?

Clinical trials are important – doctors, researchers, and pharmaceutical professionals all depend on them to develop medicines and other treatments that are safe and effective. Clinical trials exist for those with a range of health conditions—from depression and addiction to cancer. There are even clinical trials for completely healthy people! These trials allow researchers to study what makes us healthy and what makes us sick, then to offer only the best and most trusted treatments to those who need them.

You Can Earn Money For Participating

Aside from advancing our knowledge of medicine and improving patient care, your participation in clinical trials may come with a financial reward! How much money you make per trial depends on how long you participate for, the procedures involved, and how invasive those procedures are. Generally, the longer the commitment and more intrusive it is, the more you will earn. The quickest and easiest trials involve answering some questions, and you could make $15-$20 for an hour of your time. Overnight stays, or invasive procedures like PET scans could pay up to $300.

Are You Eligible? 

Each study has its own eligibility criteria, which are restrictions on who can and cannot participate in a study. Often, studies are looking for people with a specific age, gender, medical history, and current health status. Although each study is different, make sure you are eligible before signing up for a specific study.

Where Can I Find Clinical Trials in My Area?

Although a few clinical trials will pay your transportation or relocation costs, it is generally more convenient to sign up for trials taking place in your area.


One of the biggest sites is ClinicalTrials.gov, run by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. On their website, you can get tons of information about clinical trials, and find ongoing studies in all 50 states as well as in 201 different countries. There are over 250,000 federally and privately funded studies listed on this site. Other great sites include CenterWatch and Guinea Pigs Get Paid.

Local Universities:

If you have a local university in your area, you can get in touch with them to find out if they conduct medical research that requires participants from the general public. You can sometimes sign up for newsletters or notifications that tell you when such studies are taking place, and how to participate.

Local Newspapers 

Ads for clinical trials will also pop up in the news, in the classified section of your newspaper or on the radio. Next time you receive the newspaper, take a look and see if opportunities to participate in research are posted there.

Before Signing Up

When you find a medical study you’re interested in participating in, make sure you do research on what you’re getting into. Know any of the published risks, and make sure you don’t have any health conditions that could make participation in these studies unsafe.

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