Patient Resources2020-01-16T21:50:46+00:00

Patient Resources

CLINICAL TRIALS AND MEDICAL RESEARCH

Our team is committed to making your participation in our clinical trials easy and enjoyable. We strive to treat you with respect and care throughout each and every one of our studies. We want you to know what you can expect, so we have gathered a list of frequently asked questions that you can review below.

For additional information, please reach out to us!

A doctor explaining to a patient what to expect during a clinical research trial

Frequently Asked Questions

What are clinical trials?2019-11-04T16:19:52+00:00

A clinical trial is a research study conducted in human beings with the goal of answering specific questions about new therapies, vaccines or diagnostic procedures, or new ways of using known treatments. Clinical trials are used to determine whether new drugs, diagnostics or treatments are both safe and effective.

Why should I participate in a clinical research trial?2019-11-04T16:20:12+00:00

The NIH states that “the health of millions has improved because of advances in science and technology, and the willingness of thousands of individuals like you to take part in clinical research. The role of volunteer subjects as partners in clinical research is crucial in the quest for knowledge that will improve the health of future generations.” Other patients may participate in clinical trials to receive professional medical attention for their conditions that they wouldn’t have access to otherwise.

Are clinical trials safe?2019-11-04T16:20:32+00:00

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) works to protect participants in clinical trials and to ensure that people have reliable information before deciding whether to join a clinical trial. The Federal government has regulations and guidelines for clinical research to protect participants from unreasonable risks.
The government requires researchers to give prospective participants complete and accurate information about what will happen during the trial. Before joining a particular study, you will be given an Informed Consent Document that describes your rights as a participant, as well as details about the study and information about potential risks.

Is it safe for me to participate?2019-11-04T16:20:59+00:00

Patient safety is the utmost priority in clinical research. All staff involved in the research process are extensively trained prior to conducting clinical trials. Patient health is monitored prior to, during, and following participation in a clinical trial to ensure safety. All potential risks for a given trial will be conveyed to you during the Informed Consent process so that you can make the decision on whether to participate or not.

How do I determine if I’m eligible for a trial?2019-11-19T20:09:40+00:00

Every study has a list of enrollment criteria that a patient must meet in order to be eligible to participate in a research study. These criteria include factors such as age, BMI, medication use, and medical history. To find out if you’re eligible for a study, Contact Us.

Where can I find clinical trials?2019-11-19T19:31:53+00:00

One good way to find out if there are any clinical trials that might help you is to ask your doctor. Other sources of information include:

  • [FDA Clinical Trials Search] Search a database of Federally and privately supported studies available through clinicaltrials.gov. Learn about each trial’s purpose, who can participate, locations, and who to contact for more information.
  • Clinicaltrials.gov
How do I get involved in clinical research?2019-11-19T20:11:25+00:00

There are several ways to get involved.
Please reach out by phone or contact us today.

Is my information kept confidential?2019-11-04T16:22:34+00:00

Always! Whether you’re calling to find out more about a study or actively participating in a clinical trial, your personal information is always kept confidential. We will never release any personal information or trial-related information unless you specifically authorize/request it.

How much of my time will it take to be in a research study?2019-11-04T16:23:02+00:00

The time commitment for a clinical trial varies from study to study.
Participation could span from a few weeks to several years. This information will be presented to you prior to enrolling in the trial.

Will I have to pay anything?2019-11-04T16:23:23+00:00

No. All of our clinical research trials are paid for by the sponsor, or pharmaceutical company responsible for the study. Your insurance is completely left out of the equation and you will not be billed for participation, procedures, or potential medication.

Will I receive compensation for participating in a clinical research trial?2019-11-04T16:23:43+00:00

If you qualify for one of our research studies, you will be compensated for time and travel. The amount will vary from study to study. This information will be conveyed to you prior to enrolling in the clinical trial.

Can I stop participation in a study once I get started?2019-11-04T16:24:07+00:00

It is important to remember that clinical research is completely voluntary. Although you sign an Informed Consent prior to enrollment, this is not a contract. Your continued participation is very important to the clinical team, but you always have the right to end your participation.

What is a placebo?2019-11-04T16:24:25+00:00

A placebo is an inactive drug or treatment used in a clinical trial. It is sometimes referred to as a “sugar pill.” A placebo-controlled trial compares a new treatment with a placebo to see if it is more effective. The chance of receiving placebo versus active drug varies from trial to trial and can be anywhere from a 1 in 10 chance (10%) to a 1 in 2 chance (50%). This information will be presented to you during the Informed Consent process.

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