Everyone who knows me gets that I have a weird love for science and research, especially medical stuff. There’s a reason I have been part of a clinical trial (the HPV vaccine one) and was really happy to be able to get a job in clinical trials. So it wasn’t that surprising that when I went to a talk on someone’s PhD research about suicide and sleep as part of Geek Mental Health Week, I jumped at the chance to see if I could be involved.
So, for a week, I’m wearing this special watch and I hope that the data I provide will help with this research and not just produce annoying outlier points!
Obviously, being someone’s research, I’m not going to talk about it too much, but I just want to put out there the idea of people taking part in medical research. It’s important for me to do what I can. I know that I might help someone by taking part in a trial or research, that the data I provide adds to what can be analysed and used to give meaning to a study. Working in trials every day means that I see the data, know where it goes, and have an idea of the importance it has to our sponsors. And the trials have a massive importance to our patients as these drugs are sometimes their last hope. I know a lot of people are pretty dubious about trials, especially the ones run by big pharma but I see all the regulations, all the training, all the paperwork that goes into making sure that the research is ethical, the benefit outweighs the risk, and the safety reporting requirements are very strict. I’ve seen the result of trials, knowing there are people still alive because they accessed drugs long before they were licenced. I benefitted from the vaccine trial by getting both a hep A vaccine (yay placebo) and the HPV vaccine, when I wouldn’t get it due to my age. And this research, although I may not see any personal benefit, I know it will help give people a better insight into sleep and suicidal thoughts/tendencies. Even if it’s not conclusive, hopefully it will help other people think about the topic, and approach it in a different way.
Whatever you feel, I am happy to do things for science! If it helps just one person, that’s enough for me.