We know that the decision to participate in a clinical trial is an important one we would like to help you make that decision by providing information that will help you understand what clinical trials are and what to expect from your participation. It is a good idea to talk to your physician and family and friends before you decide to participate in a clinical trial. Our Doctors and study staff are also available to answer you questions.
What is a Clinical Trial?
A clinical trial is a study of a drug or treatment that involves people who volunteer to participate in the trial. Depending on the type of study, clinical trials may enroll healthy individuals or people with a specific medical condition. Initially, small studies are done, and as positive safety data is gathered, the number of patients is increased. Each study is divided into phases to determine if a new treatment can be licensed. In the United States, a drug can only be licensed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is this organization that defines the specific medical conditions for which a drug may be prescribed.
Benefits of Participation
People of all ages and medical conditions participate in clinical trials. Some participate to help advance the science of new or improved medications and therapies, others may want to try these medications or therapies that they would not normally be able to afford or are not covered by their insurance carrier.
Clinical studies further medical progress. Scientists work constantly to find better ways to treat diseases. Improved treatments can never become a reality without testing in human volunteers. A large share of the credit for current treatment successes belongs to the people who participated in clinical trials conducted.
All participants receive regular care related to the study and opportunities to talk to study staff.
If you choose to participate in a clinical trial you will receive care related to the study at no cost to you. It does not matter if you have health insurance or not, all participation is confidential.. Your participation in a clinical trial does not replace you regular health visits to your own doctor.. Think of this extra care as supplemental, not a substitute.
Every clinical study contributes valuable knowledge whether or not the treatment works as hoped.
To be contacted for a clinical trial
You may be compensated for your time and travel expenses for participating. Compensation is different for each study. All study procedures are free, including blood tests, EKGs, physical exams and biopsies.
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