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Jill A. Fisher

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479877997

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479877997.001.0001

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Speculating on Health

Speculating on Health

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Adverse Events

Jill A. Fisher

NYU Press

While healthy volunteers are concerned about the risks of studies, they are often much more vocal about the economic risk of not qualifying for studies. This chapter examines how being disqualified from studies through screen failures heightens their sense of risk as they attempt to earn income through clinical trials. It also considers how the screening process itself profoundly influences their health behaviors even outside of their study participation, including maintaining a healthy weight, eating nutritious food, consuming vitamins and supplements, and abstaining from deleterious substances, such as alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs. These actions on the part of healthy volunteers, which contribute to their model organism status, indicate that Phase I participation could counterintuitively improve their general health even as they expose themselves to the unknown risks of investigational drugs.

Keywords:   Phase I trials, healthy volunteers, model organism, economic risk, qualifying, screen failure, health-promoting behavior

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