Some people join health studies because they want to help other people or contribute to society. Others join because they want to play a role in discovering new knowledge, or because they hope a study might benefit them personally. Whatever their motivation, volunteer research participants are key players in the field of health research.
When you volunteer for a study, you help deliver the many benefits of health research:
- Discovering the causes of disease and developing new treatments
- Identifying factors that increase the risk of disease, and finding new ways to reduce those risks
- Helping people change unhealthy habits and achieve or maintain good health
- Improving the quality, accessibility, and affordability of medical care
- Providing accurate information to public policy makers