When I was in college, I needed all the extra money I could get.
So, in addition to waiting tables, I sometimes answered those ads stuck to the sides of telephone poles — looking for willing participants for medical studies.
Contribute to the advancement of medicine and get paid? They were a student’s dream.
Some required nothing more than a quick survey; others were clinical drug trials to treat various ailments.
And although the ads are now displayed online — rather than on telephone poles — they’re still a great way to earn extra money.
Here are seven paid clinical trials and studies for…
If you’ve never had a migraine, be glad you can just take my word for it: They’re really, really bad.
Local research studies may offer payment/compensation up to $1,150 (learn more here). These studies help doctors discover better ways to treat — and hopefully eliminate — migraines.
2. Rheumatoid Arthritis
Do you wake up really stiff in the morning? That’s one common sign of rheumatoid arthritis, which affects more than 1.3 million Americans — 75% of whom are women.
If you have rheumatoid arthritis in the knee or hip and are otherwise healthy, you may qualify for studies offering compensation up to $625 depending on the number of study visits. You can find more info here.
Just a head’s up, you’ll need to provide a valid phone number and see a study doctor to see if you are eligible, and complete the study-required visits, before you’ll be compensated for participating.
3. Cluster Headaches
If a doctor has diagnosed you with a cluster headache, you could qualify for a variety of studies that pay up to $300.
You’ll also receive no-cost study-related care and medication. (Learn more here.)
Yes, you could get paid to nap: Jillian Shea, a Penny Hoarder contributor, earned $12,000 from two sleep studies in Boston.
The first step is filling out surveys with information about your sleep patterns and overall health. If you qualify, you’ll be required to complete both physical and psychological exams — and then it’s time to get down to snoozing, er, business.
Though it might sound like a perfect gig, Shea notes “it’s not all comfy pillows and sweet dreams,” and cites challenges including isolation, unusual positions and needles or other medical devices.
Interested in sleeping on the job? Follow this link to find sleep facilities near you.
Osteoarthritis is the most common chronic joint condition. Approximately 27 million Americans suffer from this condition — and half of all adults will develop symptoms in their knees during their lifetime.
If you’re suffering from osteoarthritis and qualify, depending on the study and the number of study visits, you may earn up to $1,000 for participating. Read more about it here.
6. Crohn’s Disease
Have you been diagnosed with this chronic gastrointestinal disease?
If you’ve had Crohn’s for at least three months, you may qualify for one of the local studies that may offer payment that varies by study up to $750. Plus, you may also receive no-cost study-related care for the length of the study. (Learn more here)
7. Other Stuff
Even if you’re healthy as a horse, some studies might still apply to you.
One place to look is Covance, a company that “recruits for a variety of patients to participate in paid medical studies, ranging from healthy volunteers to smokers.”
When we looked, Covance had 17 studies open in four different states. Or check out Parexel, which has a range of studies available in Baltimore, as well as this list of seven places to find open clinical trials.
Being a human guinea pig isn’t for everyone — but if you want to make some extra money without a degree or specific training, they might be worth a shot! (Pun very much intended.)
Your Turn: Would you participate in a clinical trial or study?
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