(Last Updated On: 10/10/2017)

The earning potential and attraction as a proband is seemingly/particularly tempting, especially among students. High tuition fees, enormous financial requirements in the course of studies, time-intensive housework, and expensive rents require a lot of students to find the easiest way to earn extra money. Easily earned and fast money is just the right thing for these students. But does that mean students can go running around acting as “guinea pigs?”

Lots of money to do a risky procedure
It is generally known that medical progress is dependent on the conduct of clinical trials. Without them, new, improved medicines could not be put on the market, because the effect and tolerability of each drug must be proven before approval for marketing.

If you want to work as a proband for medical studies, you will find a large market full of possibilities. There are two different types of studies. First, there are studies that test how compatible a drug is. Only healthy subjects are sought for this type of testing.
However, in order to test the effect of a drug, mainly test persons are hired who actual have the particular disease. But no matter what is being tested, certain rules always apply. Those who are eligible to participate in a study will be determined on the basis of certain/different criteria, such as age, gender, and smoking habits.

Health check to minimize the risk
In order to be able to participate in a study, for which you are selected as an appropriate candidate, an extensive health check is a precondition.
An independent ethics commission is responsible for planning and supervision in order to ensure the safety of all subjects. These are supervised throughout the study by qualified doctors and other medical personnel, who are available for questions at all times of the day and night. Thus, the potential risk that the subjects are exposed to can be kept as low as possible.

A study after the above mentioned health check is started when the subject passes all requirements. The preliminary examination is free of charge for the subjects and is intended to test whether all the prerequisites for the planned study are actually met. This study also includes an in-depth discussion of the purpose, objective, and conduct of the clinical trial.

In general, clinical studies can be carried out in two different ways. There are outpatient studies in which the subjects come only for short visits to the research institute and to other stationary studies that require a longer stay in a clinic. The exact duration of the stay depends on the study. At the end of a study, each proband must undergo a follow-up investigation which includes the same steps as the preliminary investigation.

Putting health at risk for money
Working as a proband seems particularly attractive because the research institutes pay a lot of money. This is usually a so-called expense allowance, which is also usually paid for by a full-cost catering and reimbursed for travel expenses.
The amount of the payment is based on the nature, duration, and the risk involved in the study [that is being carried out,] whereby stationary clinical trials are generally much better remunerated.

The fee may be between several hundred and several thousand dollars. Those who ultimately decide to improve their income by participating in clinical studies will find [on the internet] a multitude of research institutes which regularly seek out the most diverse subjects. Most success is likely to be achieved in larger cities.