What are Clinical Trials?
Clinical trials are research studies designed to improve medical treatments to benefit public health. Clinical trials study interventions such as new medications, diagnostic tests or medical devices in people. All studies are monitored by the Food and Drug Association (FDA) and an Ethics Review Board. Safety of participants is enhanced by strict protocol standards, informed consent with written information provided to each participant and preclinical studies in laboratory animal studies.
Patients who participate in trials are instructed of the relation of the study to their medical condition. They may notice improvement in their condition as a result of study treatment. Participants may also benefit from a physical examination and medical tests administered. In addition to personal benefit, most participants value the role they play in the benefit to society as a whole.
What are some examples of what the studies test?
Some of the studies focus on medications which are in the FDA process of examining drug safety as well as effectiveness. Other studies aim to determine if already approved medications are of value to those with other, unrelated conditions.
What is it like to be in a trial?
Initial evaluations generally last three hours. Subsequent visits are typically 30- 45 minutes in duration. Participants are compensated and all tests are provided at no charge. At your request, we will contact your doctor and describe the trial procedures. Your information will be confidential and will not be released without your consent.
What if I decide to leave in the middle of a trial?
You can leave a clinical trial at any time you wish. You are not obligated to provide any reason for leaving a trial.