I wanted to share the insights of Dr. James Greenwald, President of Medex Healthcare Research Inc., a company that sees over 15,000 new patients every year. Medex performs second opinions and secondary medical exams for the government, for corporations and hospitals, which allows them to encounter such vast amounts of patients. Out of this large group of people, Medex keeps track of those patients who opt-in to participate in clinical trials, which they also conduct.
When asked why patients participate in clinical trials, Dr. Greenwald listed off three distinct reasons:
“ One reason is that they are altruistic, they want to do good for mankind (read about some Cure Heroes). There are a few, but not the majority and hence this is a not so frequent reason people do clinical trials.”
The second group of people feel they are not getting adequate care for their medical condition and they search for something better and because they see the word clinical trial, they think that this is possibly better than what they are currently getting. So that is the second reason people come to clinical trials.
And the last reason is for economic reasons. They may get some compensation for being on the trial, get free medication and they get free medical care for their particular illness while they are in a trial. So those are the three reasons and in my mind the only three reasons people do clinical trials.”
Dr. Greenwald has over 30 years in the research field, and has been running Medex for the past 10. We talked a great deal more about patient recruitment and his experience running Medex. For a more detailed interview, feel free to visit my Cure Enablers blog here.
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