See a participant’s clinical trial journey from beginning to end
Living with an illness or condition can sometimes be hard work, full of physical and emotional ups and downs. It's so much easier when you have a solid network of people close to you who empathise, understand your condition and who truly care about how you feel, on good days and bad.
Your network becomes doubly important when you join a clinical trial, as it has its own set of demands. We're sharing here some of the valuable insights we've learned from trial patients and the ways you can build and solidify your personal network – the people who can support and sustain you in your daily life and well beyond the clinical trial.
You have the power to build your support team, with the people you know you can rely on during your clinical trial. All kinds of support can come from people like the ones below:
Loved ones and other people closest to you
People in your external support network who care for your health and well-being
When participating in a clinical trial
The people closest to you are crucial to your support network. Often, they want to help, but just aren't sure how. Help them help you by clearly explaining what you're doing and why – that the trial's a commitment you want to honour and that it involves appointments, journal work, etc. Don't be afraid to say it might temporarily change life at home and that you'll be counting on them for their support.
Things they can do:
Whether it's your parent, child, sibling or friend, the trial patient's support network is indispensable. But when someone you know is in a trial, how can you help? Start here by learning more about their condition, what a clinical trial is and what it could mean to them. When you're well informed, you'll be confident and prepared to offer support – one of the nicest things you can do for someone you care about.
Find out more about your loved one's condition to better understand what he or she is going through.
Trial participant’s journey
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