About Clinical Research
What is a Clinical Research study?
A clinical research study attempts to answer specific health questions. Many clinical trials are done to see if a new drug or device is safe and effective for people to use, and to determine if they are as good as or better than medications that are currently out on the market.
How are clinical trials conducted?
Carefully conducted clinical trials are the safest and fastest way to find new treatments. Clinical trials are conducted according to a plan called a protocol. The protocol describes specific aspects of how the study will be conducted. Each person participating in the study must agree to abide by rules outlined by the protocol.
Each participate will receive an Informed Consent. The informed consent will explain what will happen during the study, the possible risks and benefits, and how long the study will last. If you decide to participate, you will be asked to sign the informed consent. However, the informed consent is not a contract, and your participation in a clinical research study is entirely voluntary. Additionally, you can leave the study at anytime.
What are the benefits and risks of volunteering in a clinical research study?
-The possibility to access new investigational treatment
-Access to study related medical care
-Help bring more effective medications to the public
-May get compensation for study activities
-There may be unpleasant, serious, or even life-threatening side effects to the study treatment
-The study treatment may not work for you
-You will need to attend study visits and will have study related responsibilities to complete
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