Participating in clinical trials is a great way to help advance medicine and, often, earn extra money. Most clinical trials at Meridian pay from $75 to $4,500 depending on several factors. But to take part in a clinical trial, you must first find clinical trial opportunities near you. In this article, you’ll learn of some great places to look to find paid medical studies in your area.
Clinicaltrials.gov is a great resource to find clinical trials near you. The website is maintained by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and serves as a database of clinical studies. The ClinicalTrials.gov “Find a Study” feature allows users to select certain criteria like age, gender, and location, to ensure relevant studies are displayed in the search results. The site also provides updates on clinical trials that are no longer enrolling but are active, or that have finished recently.
While ClinicalTrials.gov offers an extensive list of studies, it does not include every upcoming or active clinical trial in the U.S. Many websites that promise to help you find clinical trials may simply be pulling form the ClinicalTrials.gov database, and may not display current or complete results.
This is why finding a research organization near you can be your best way to learn about new and upcoming studies. Some studies have very short enrollment windows, and are filled within days. By contacting a company like Meridian, you may be able to learn about and pre-qualify for studies that haven’t opened yet.
2: Search Engines
A search engine like Google can return quick results for a search like “paid clinical trials near me” or “clinical trials in [your city].” However, it can sometimes be difficult to decide which result to click on. In general terms, choosing established institutions with names you recognize, like local hospitals, medical care systems, universities, research foundations, or well-established clinical research companies like Meridian, are smart choices to start with. Often, these websites will have a “find a study” feature like this page on our website.
If you’re looking for a trial for a specific illness, disorder, or condition, you may want to include it in your search. It will ensure that studies for a specific condition — like diabetes, migraines, or obesity — will appear higher in the search results.
3: Clinical Research Company Websites
Companies like Meridian, and organizations like children’s hospitals or disease research foundations (e.g., Alzheimer’s Association, Parkinson’s Foundation), that conduct clinical trials will often list open studies on their website. Often, that location page will detail current and upcoming studies.
At Meridian, you can visit our general Find a Study page, or select a location at the top of our website. On both pages, you will need to fill out a brief form. Our patient engagement specialists then review your information and call you to review studies for which you may be eligible.
Additionally, calling the organization and asking about current studies can allow you to learn more about all studies available to you. At Meridian, we can also keep your information on hand and let you know when you may be eligible for an upcoming study.
After you find a clinical trial you’re interested in learning more about or joining, you should contact the organization or physician conducting the trial. When in contact with a representative, it is important to be honest about your medical history, and to ask questions that matter to you (see our checklist of questions to ask before joining a clinical trial). It’s also good to note that expressing interest in participating in a study does not create an obligation to join — clinical trial participation is voluntary.
Meridian has enrolled over 80,000 participants into clinical trials nationwide since 1999. We are always enrolling patients into new clinical trials. To learn more about current and upcoming clinical trials at Meridian, visit mcrmed.com/find-study.