What Is The White Lab Coat Effect in Clinical Trials?

Don talks about an issue that may not seem important, but actually is, the appearance of the study staff in a clinical trial clinic. Don explains how the “White Lab Coat Effect” may cause research participants to feel uncomfortable during a clinical trial.

What Happens When You Call A Clinical Trial Clinic?

A lot of people learn about clinical trials from television, radio or print ads. Have you ever wondered what happens when you actually call the number from the ad? Chances are, the number leads to a research clinic, and the person on the other end of the phone may ask you certain questions to determine whether you may qualify for any of their clinical trials. While some of the questions they ask may be personal, I explain how this information is usually necessary to determine whether or not you actually qualify for a study. In the industry, this type of questioning is called “pre-screening”. Let us know if you’ve ever been pre-screened and how your experiences were.

Report Your Side Effects in Clinical Trials

We’ve seen too many times, and also heard from first hand accounts of former clinical trial participants, that often, when they’re not asked about side effects or adverse events by the study staff, they will frequently NOT speak up about the adverse events they are experiencing. Just search “bad experience” on our blog and you’ll see some first hand accounts of this. We recommend every study participant to speak up about every side effect or adverse event that they experience, whether they think it may be related to the study drug or not. This will ensure that ALL data is being collected, and that others may truly benefit from your study participation. Furthermore, we’ve found that trial participants who communicate with their study staff often have better overall clinical trial experiences than their counterparts who do not communicate effectively.