Have you ever taken part in a clinical study?

@mommyboo (13197)
United States
April 30, 2009 9:19pm CST
I just did the other day - and I was compensated. I will continue to be compensated for it up to a year, which is the length of the study. They are gathering data about depression and I'm a 'healthy control' so I'm not taking any meds nor is there anything wrong with me (thank God lol). I thought it was pretty neat, since I have actually tried to research clinical trials and studies before. Even if there wasn't monetary benefits such as in this one, if there was something where I could get say... something I needed or wanted free, that'd be equally as interesting to me. I am actually going to start looking for any that are being done dealing with insomnia, as I have occasional bouts of insomnia for what appears to be no reason. When I get hit with it, it can be BAD, almost to the point where I have anxiety over the fact that I can't seem to get back to sleep, and then next day I drag from lack of sleep/lack of effective sleep. I don't want to take any sleeping medications really, and I'm not worried about it enough to go to the doctor and say it's even a problem, because it could be months without any issues, then suddenly - BAM - 3 days of waking up every hour and lying awake an hour... sleeping an hour, lying awake an hour, ridiculous. Sorry for the tangent! Anyway, have you ever participated in anything like this or WOULD you? Would it depend on what it was, what it was for, or the compensation? Would you do it just to help science and technology?
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@Opal26 (17684)
• United States
1 May 09
Hey mommyboo! I would love to participate in something like that! I sure have plenty of spare time! I think it would be very interesting! I am always looking for new things to find out and clinical trials would definitely be something that I would love to take part in even if it wasn't just about money! But, being that it is that would make even better! I wish I could find something like that to do where I live! I think I will look into it and see what I can come up with! I know that one of my girlfriends did participate in something like that awhile ago so maybe I could find something too! I am definitely into science so it would definitely be something of interest!
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@mommyboo (13197)
• United States
2 May 09
http://www.centerwatch.com/clinical-trials/ Here is a link with some listings, maybe you can find some in NY!
• United States
2 May 09
I did a study but it wasn't actually medical. It was a study of women on state aide and self esteem. I was in the control side, not ever being on any kind of state aide. It lasted three years and I had to pretty much answer the same questions each year. But it paid $130. a year for just a few minutes of questions. I received a copy of the results and it was quite interesting. It pretty much showed that women, across the board, had much less self esteem and almost all of them felt like they had no control of their lives, if they had been on state aide for more than a few months. I have always been as independant as they come ;)
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@mommyboo (13197)
• United States
2 May 09
That makes sense to me in so many ways. Most people who are continually pushed down and forced or made to be dependent on someone else (who just pulls the rug out from under them over and over) are not the most confident individuals on the planet. They more or less go around feeling like the sky may be falling at any point in time and are either cowering in fear or looking up resigned like 'oh for god's sake, not AGAIN...' One of the questions on one of the assessments was basically - do you feel like it's your fault when bad things happen to other people - and come to find out, many clinically depressed and anxious people DO blame themselves and feel responsible! I don't, but I know better....
• United States
2 May 09
I guess that is the bottom line, what you say about "I know better" To those of us that aren't in that kind of situation, it seems so obvious. But to these folks....life is a battle with defeat at every turn.
@mommyboo (13197)
• United States
3 May 09
Well, I didn't always know better. I have been a doormat before - so I have seen both sides. Maybe that's why I get so angry when I see someone being a doormat, because I realize what that took from ME in the past. I also know that people are of two types, those who are victims, and those who are not. A victim will stay down when shoved enough, a survivor will not. Too many people have a victim attitude/mentality and that's why they break instead of bend. You never know what will happen until hell is unleashed on somebody, unfortunately. It really does separate the winners from the losers and there are too many losers.... but something many of them don't realize is that if they just fought back, the bullies trying to keep them down would likely run away in terror. They aren't used to being stood up to.
• United States
3 May 09
When I was in Calf. I went to taco bell. I was placing my order when a lady asked if I wanted to take a survey. I said alright and did it. it took about 30 minutes. I made $30.00 after I finished. It was for cinnamon twist and some other things. Now, they have them on the menu. i guess I helped put them there. It is nice to know I help with something like that. i hope everyone else likes them. **Peace and Love get's you through everything in Life**
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@mommyboo (13197)
• United States
3 May 09
That's great! I've done a few surveys and things involving food products too, things that I have been sent in the mail to try/test and then give my opinion of. I have done that with diapers, baby wash, shampoo, a hamburger helper type boxed dinner... etc. For the most part, I haven't made much with those, they send me products and then give me like $1-3 later for completing the survey on the product. I love Taco Bell, btw. I don't go there often because I don't have one very close to me.... or that's not what my daughter wants when we drive by it.
• Canada
1 May 09
I would love to be in a clinical study of some sort, but I am not yet old enough. In 6 months I will be, though. So hopefully then I will beable to find something that I can participate in that will still make me feel somewhat comfortable. I don't want to participate in anything too crazy!
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@mommyboo (13197)
• United States
2 May 09
There are actually some studies that are looking for younger participants, although if you're a minor then it probably requires permission or at least knowledge of what you're entering into given to your parents. Let me see if I can link you to a site... http://www.centerwatch.com/clinical-trials/ The above is a link to a site that lists active clinical trials for a variety of different things in many different states.
@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
17 May 09
Yes, I did. Long time ago and I don't even think what it was about - some nerve function or something - but I do remember it paid really well. As for sleeping, I am really good at that - more so lately, maybe it is age \:) - even when I happen to wake up in the middle of the night, I am back asleep in a matter of seconds and I rarely have trouble going back to sleep right after waking up. I Think that the main point is if it was about something that I have proper knowledge/experience and was interested in, I would probably participate in the study if it was offered to me.
@pwning (38)
1 May 09
no
@ladybug565 (2217)
• United States
1 May 09
I did participate in one of htese studies. it was for interstitial cystitis and it was for a year and done over the phone and thru the mail. i made over $100 for it. I would defenatly be interested in doing more.