Volunteering can be a rewarding experience. It gives people that opportunity to truly help other people. CRO’s offer volunteers some unique benefits, and offer a great deal of benefits to the companies that they work with.
What is a CRO?
A CRO, which stands for Contract Research Organization, is a company that works closely with specific organizations to conduct research. Clinical trials and drug trials are prime examples of the work of one of these. These organizations hire employees or recruit volunteers that are willing to participate in these trials, and then the process begins.
What does a person volunteer?
Volunteering at an organization is usually a very simple process. Many organizations have trials in various places throughout the country, giving thousands of people the option to participate in clinical trials. The process typically begins by visiting the company’s website, and then filling out a brief form. Some websites simply need that people interested contact them to participate.
What is it like to volunteer?
Volunteering to participate in clinical research is usually as simple as signing up to volunteer. Participants in drug trials, for instance, will simply take the medication they are given, and complete any other tasks that experts tell them to. For example, they may have to take a pill once a day, and then keep a daily log of what time they took the pill and any side effects experienced.
Are their benefits?
Volunteers report quite a few benefits to working with CRO’s. First, they claim that they truly feel like they are making a difference in other people’s lives. While volunteering on a smaller scale, such as in a soup kitchen, does have an impact, volunteering with an organization has a larger impact that can make a change in the world.
Many volunteers appreciate the free cost of medications provided. For example, an individual with HIV may receive free medication to treat symptoms if he or she participates in a trial that is testing medication for HIV. Participants that volunteer in drug trials are required to have the disorder that the medication is designed to treat, resulting in a few people receiving free medication for a few months.
Lastly, volunteers can enjoy compensation for their time. This does not apply to all organizations, and volunteers are encouraged to inquire about this prior to volunteering.
Regardless of whether volunteers receive something of monetary value, such as money or free medication, they still receive the wonderful feeling that helping other people gives.
Is it safe?
The primary concern about clinical trials is that the medications used may not be safe. Volunteers can rest assured that many medications are tested, and then tested again, before they are tested with humans. Every aspect of the medication is looked at to help make sure the safety of volunteers.
The end question that volunteers often consider is whether or not they should work with a CRO. This is a question that can only be decided by the volunteer himself. While it would benefit the company, there are other volunteers that can do the same thing. Companies never want for a volunteer to go outside of their comfort zone or do something that they will regret later in life.
To answer that final question, we encourage volunteers to ask themselves how they are feeling. If a volunteer is feeling uneasy, a clinical trial may not be the best thing for them at that time in their life. We also remind them that if they are uncomfortable but do not want to miss out, there will be other trials and volunteer opportunities for them to participate in.