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How can you participate in paid clinical studies?

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The National Institutes of Health's Clinical Research Volunteer Program provides opportunities for volunteers to participate in clinical research trials, according to NIH Clinical Center. The National Institutes of Health pays volunteers for their time, and in some cases, for the inconvenience of participating.

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Clinical studies are research studies in which human volunteers participate as test subjects to evaluate and develop new treatments and medications for health problems, explains NIH Clinical Center. ClinicalTrials.gov is a service of the National Institutes of Health that provides a registry of publicly and privately funded clinical studies conducted throughout the world.

To find a clinical trial in a convenient location that is recruiting volunteers, use the advanced search option on the ClinicalTrials.gov registry. Under Recruitment, select Open Studies, and then select up to three desirable locations. You can also narrow your search by the condition or disease that is the focus of the study. Providing identifying information such as age group and gender can help you find studies in which you are eligible to participate. Once you enter the search information, click through the results to read more about the study and learn about its eligibility requirements. The results also include the contact information for the individuals who are in charge of the study.

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