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Perspect Clin Res. 2013 Jul;4(3):169-74. doi: 10.4103/2229-3485.115378.

Public awareness and perception of clinical trials: Quantitative study in Pune.

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Department of Research, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital and Research Centre, Pune, Maharashtra, India.



Studies have reported that clinical research has experienced tremendous growth during past few decades with many multinational pharmaceutical companies recruiting millions of Indians in clinical trials (CTs). However, there is hardly any literature that talks about the participants, their knowledge, and awareness of CTs. It is important that the general public is aware about CTs so that they can take their own informed decision to participate in CTs.


To assess public awareness, perceptions, and attitudes toward CTs and their views on various methods to create awareness about CTs.


Cross sectional survey was conducted with 200 non trial participants (NTPs) and 40 trial participants (TPs).


TPs were significantly (P < 0.0001) older than NTPs. More than 80% of both TPs and NTPs mentioned participation in CT helps advance medical science and strongly felt that there is a need to create awareness about CTs. Nearly 70% of TPs could not remember the phase of the trial while 20% did not know which type of trial they had participated. The main reason for participation in the trial was physician's advice. About 80% of both TPs and NTPs felt that participation in CT will increase with free medications and advice from friends/relatives who had good experience with trial.


Results of this pilot study revealed need to create CT awareness among the general public. However, considering ethno-cultural, regional, and literacy-level differences throughout the country, a nationwide study would be appropriate to provide reliable results about awareness of CTs among Indians.


Attitude; awareness; clinical trial; perceptions; public

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