Parkinson's Clinical Trial Companion Navigating Clinical Trials - Page 6

Six Facts about Clinical Research Participation No. 1 Patients Are Key Research Partners You are the expert on Parkinson’s disease (PD). Scientists need your partnership in research trials and studies to understand, measure, predict, prevent, slow and stop this disease. Every treatment that exists today is the direct result of individuals raising their hands to volunteer for research. No. 2 There Is a Study (or Several) for You Whether you were just diagnosed or have been living with Parkinson’s for decades, have had deep brain stimulation, or live hours from a clinical site, you can contribute to our understanding of Parkinson’s and the development of new treatments. Even if you don’t have Parkinson’s, you can participate in PD research. No. 3 Not Every Study Tests a Drug Many studies collect data and samples to better understand the biology of Parkinson’s. Some trials and studies test exercise, physical therapy or other non-invasive treatments rather than medication. 4 Navigating Clinical Trials: A Guide for Parkinson’s Patients and Families