Clinical trials are designed to answer scientific questions about promising treatments that may prove to be ineffective and/or harmful. So a legitimate concern of patients is: “Can researchers really want what’s best for me?”
Yes. I experienced as a trial subject how clinicians’ commitment to advancing the science can coexist with commitment to patients’ welfare. How? By shifting their priorities throughout the day.
When doing their research—designing and executing trials or doing statistical analysis, the science is paramount.
But whenever clinicians are caring for patients—talking with patients, evaluating patients’ condition, making treatment decisions or administering therapies, clinicians take off the researcher’s hat and abide by their professional oath as physicians to act with their patients’ welfare as their top priority.
Healthy Survivors take comfort in knowing that legal regulations regarding patient safety protect patients who volunteer for clinical trials.
Healthy Survivors learn enough to communicate effectively with the members of their healthcare team, including any researchers, so that their welfare always remains forefront when making all treatment decisions and receiving therapies.