Need Cash? Try Being a Guinea Pig

Looking for a job? How about guinea pig? Doctors and scientists all over the country need volunteers to test a variety of medical products and procedures, and these volunteers don't work for free.

Although there is no set compensation for clinical trial participants, they typically make anywhere from $100 to $300 per day and can make much more depending upon the nature of the clinical trial.

These studies range from intensive treatment to simple telephone calls, and the requirements of the volunteers could be very broad (anyone over 18) to very specific (type 2 diabetics over 50, for example).

One study in the Big Apple is looking for New Yorkers of Dominican ancestry with a knowledge of medicinal plants from their own region, while another is simply looking for women older than 18 to participate in a study on pregnant women with depression.

Many people who join these studies are healthy and just looking to make a quick buck, but for those who are actually sick looking for an experimental drug, it is important to know that there is a chance they will end up in the placebo group and not actually receive any treatment.

Resources
ClinicalTrials.gov and ClinicalConnection.com are two resources to that help people find clinical studies in specific areas. They allow users to search by location and/or trial topic. ClinicalTrials.gov is federally funded and sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, but note that some of the listings on the site are out of date.

ClinicalConnection.com boasts not only a list of clinical trials all over the country, but also hosts message boards about the various clinics and trials where users may share their personal experiences.

Neither Web site includes compensation amounts in the listings.

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