Opportunities to Get Involved
The most direct way to become involved with research is to sign up to be a participant in a research study.
As we saw in Unit 2 – Informed Decision-Making, there are many different types of research. As a participant, you might be asked to do different things, from answering questions or taking part in a group discussion to donating a blood or tissue sample to taking a new drug or medication. While some people are initially hesitant to participate in a research study, interviews with past study participants show that most people who participate in research studies have a positive experience and are willing to participate again in future studies.
In Informed Decision-Making, we introduced ways to prepare yourself to become an informed decision maker about participating in research. But knowing how to make an informed decision and knowing how to find a study to join are two different things. Here, we offer some suggestions on how you can find out about research opportunities in your area.
Watch a short PSA from the Building Trust project featuring Healthy Black Family Project member and research participant Adrienne Trowery.