Community Outreach Initiative

Clinical trials, part of clinical research, look at new ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease. They lead to medical breakthroughs that help improve people’s health and quality of life. But many people don’t participate in clinical trials for various reasons—fear, lack of trust, or lack of awareness, to name just a few. Click the resources below to learn more about clinical trials and how to educate members of your community about them. Here are a few helpful links about clinical trials.

The US Food and Drug Administration is the regulatory agency that ensures the safety and efficacy of drugs, diagnostics, and devices. A recent Consumer Update published by the agency Encourages More Participation, Diversity in Clinical Trials and explains why it is important.

Participating in Research Video Series:
Office for Human Research Protections has created a series of short videos with basic information about research. These videos are intended to help potential participants understand how research works, what questions they should consider asking, and things to think about when deciding whether to participate in a study.

These are just a few suggestions to get you started. We may have other fact sheets and publications to meet the needs of the people you serve. Many of these resources are also available in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese. For a complete list of NIAMS publications, please visit the NIAMS Publication Ordering System.

You can also contact our information specialists by email at or toll free at
877–226–4267 (TTY: 301–565–2966) for assistance in tailoring the publications for your community.