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What’s it like to participate in clinical trials? Is the proces slow and boring? Does testing new medicine put your health at risk? In this article, Erik Thestrup and Erik Aagaard describes their experience of being in clinical trials.

Participation in clinical trial is often met with lots of prejudices.  Many are faced with worries about wether it’s safe, or if it’s too inconvinient with lots of trips to and from the hospital. Theese are some of the more dominating prejudices and worries, that people have before thinking about participating in clinical trials. But are thes prejudice true?

Erik Thestrup is 65 years old and lives in Silkeborg, Denmark. He’s currently participating in an ongoing clinical trial in Diabetes at Aarhus Sygehus. From his point of view, it’s very easy to partipate because he’s surround by professional and skilled nurses and medical staff.

“As a participat in a clinical trial, it all seems very professional. I’m surrounded by skilled and highly trained personel, who are very attentive to my health. They are all very dedicated to help me with everything concerning the clinical trial. All of this makes it very easy for me to participate.”

Easy to participate and direct acces to medical staff.

Erik Aagaard is also participating in a clinical that test new medicin for type 2 diabetes. He’s participating in the same project but at another hospital in Denmark, and he also thinks, that it´s very easy to participate.

“I think it’s very easy(to participate in the clinical trial). The transportation to and from the hospital is no problem, and it’s easy to schedule my visits to the hospital with the nurses and the medical staff.  If it suits my calendar better to arrive at the hospital in the morning than for example in the afternoon, they just adjust their calendar to my needs”, Erik explains

Even though Erik Aagaard was a bit nervous before he started as a participant in the  clinical trail, he quickly realized the benefits of participating in a clinical trial.

“You have direct access to medical staff and research nurses and therefore get quick answers to all of your questions. This is a huge benefit because the you don’t have to wait for getting an appointment with your doctor. This is just one of many benefits, I think.”

How is it being in the middle of an ongoing clinical trial?

Both Erik Thestrup and Erik Aagaard are currently participating in clinical trials. And this is easy to fit in to their daily routine for the both of them.

“I’m being checked at the hospital once every fourth month, where they are taking a blood sample and I also bring all of the pills I’m taking. The blood sample decides wether I’m going to continue participating in the clinical trial. Once the clinical trial has ended I will be informed wether I was given the new medicine or placebo, so theres constantly control and follow-up from the research team”, Erik Thestrup says and continues

“I’ve been taking the test-medicine for four months now and not inconvenient or unpleasant at all. I already take a lot of other medicine, så this is no problem.”

Erik Aagaard is also busy with testing the new medicine. And as well as the other Erik, he doesn’t experience any difficulties.

“I have been testing the new medicine for half a year now and I don’t think it’s any bother at all. You health are under surveillance through the whole proces which provides you with a sense of secureness.”

Attentive to their condition and health

If you are worried  about whether it’s dangerous for your health to participate in clinical trials, you better think twice. Especially Erik Aagaard, who is participating at Gentofte Hospital in Denmark, has experienced the medical staff and research team being very attentive to his health.

“They (The research nurses) often ask to my physical reaction and if I experience any sudden nausea. I really like that they are following me and my health so closely”.

Erik and Erik would also like to recommend others to participate in clinical trials.

“I would definitely recommend others to participate in clinical trials. If nobody participates and volunteers for clinical trial we can get new and better medicin because this relies on new research. Therefor, it also benefits future generations when I participate in clinical trials. And it’s also a nice side bonus that it can benefit me.”, says Erik Aagaard

And Erik Thestrup adds;

“I would recommend others to participate in clinical trials. Otherwise there wouldn’t be developed new medicine for patients suffering from chronic diseases. That’s why scientific research is so important  – to ensure the quality of treatment and at the same time so you can develop better medicine”.

Written by

Rasmus Hjorth

Community Manager

British Research Panel