I will definitely do a trial again
I don't understand where all the stereotypes come from regarding clinical trials, I can guarantee you, if you have heard something bad, it's not true!
If I'm being totally honest though, I did have some of the same doubts you may have. However, rest assured it's honestly a pressure free environment. You will get the opportunity not only to receive an allowance for taking part, but to potentially help people who are really suffering.
The test medicine in my trial was intended for treating Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. Sounds heavy I know, but it's basically an incurable disease and something that a lot of people suffer from. The medicine I would be testing should help control it, and hopefully make life easier for those with it.
The trial would last for 18 consecutive days, with a couple of return visits. I honestly had a breezy experience. I will admit, there are a few downsides - you have to get up early, you have to share a large room with other people, which unfortunately sometimes includes 'snorers' and regular blood tests are involved. There will be occasions where some people do feel mildly unwell, such as a headache or similar, this didn't apply for me, but this is never given the opportunity to worsen as your health is of the most importance; that is something you can be assured of.
The food was great, this is what surprised me most. One of the things that came to my mind when doing this trial was that I was worried I would be super bored, but there is loads of things to keep you occupied - like organized games, quizzes and events. You will also find that everyone feels the same way as you do, so you can really connect with people, there were countless times we would end up playing a board game for hours. If you are anything like me, I love a good binge watch, and this is the best opportunity to get some much-needed box set coverage in. On the other hand, like a lot of people, if you have an essay to write or revising to do, it's a great opportunity for that to. Finally, of course, once you have finished, you receive your 'Inconvenience allowance', paid directly into your bank account.
It really is an all-rounder experience and something I will definitely do again, it's a great way to receive extra income, and be a help to society in some way. If you are reading this wondering what to do, don't hesitate - I get you may be worried but there is no need to be and sometimes you just need to hear someone say it!
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