Have you ever thought about being in a paid research study? For some, the compensation may outweigh the risks, but is it right for you? Every clinical research study is different and will carry different risks, benefits, and challenges. However, that does not mean that they are not worth participating in. Here are a few things that you should consider before signing up to be a part of a paid research study.

The Risks

It is imperative that you read and understand the risks associated with a study before you sign up. Some studies carry lofty risks that could be physical or emotional. For example, clinical cosmetic studies could result in you having a physical allergic reaction, while psychological studies could bring up some challenging feelings and emotions from the past. Some people have no challenges at all during studies, while others seem to struggle. Hopefully, you will be in the first group, but you should consider if it would be worth it for you if all went poorly. Would you still want to commit? If so, go for it.

Your Rights

You need to be aware of what you are and are not able to do during the study. For example, what if you need to miss a session? Will you need to discontinue? If you are involved in a diet study, are you allowed to eat things not on the menu? If you do not want to participate anymore, are you allowed to stop without any consequences? Before you commit, be absolutely sure that you are aware of what you are committing to.

The Payoff

A paid research study should be worth it. Some positions offer quite a bit of money, while in others, the payoff can be sparse. Before committing, study your finances and ponder whether or not the payoff is worth the risk. Would it still be worth it if things did not go well? If it is enough to compel you to keep your commitment, do it. 

In conclusion, if you think about all of the risks and still want to participate, you should be aware that there is a very strenuous screening process. For example, if you are signing up for a psychological study, screeners will be very stringent when trying to ensure that you do not have any preexisting conditions that could impact their study. Brace yourself for potentially getting turned away even after you have decided that this is right for you. With any luck, you will get in and be on your way to making some money by participating.