CISCRP survey finds improved perceptions of clinical trials

Pharma Times: JUNE 20, 2013

There have been significant improvements over the last eight years in public perceptions of clinical-trial safety as well as trust in the motives of clinical research professionals, a new international study has found.

In the online survey conducted between January and March 2013 by US-based non-profit the Center for Information & Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) among a global community of health-information seekers and research participants, only 28% of respondents said they did not trust research sponsors to inform the public quickly about safety concerns in clinical trials.

This figure compared with 45% of respondents in a Harris Interactive poll run in 2005. In that survey, moreover, 46% of respondents believed volunteers were gambling with their health by taking part in a clinical trial. In the latest CISCRP survey, only 23% of current respondents agreed with this statement.  Read more