The main purpose of clinical trials is research aimed at testing the effectiveness of new and existing treatments, medications, vaccinations, and medical devices in people. Clinical trials are carefully designed and regulated by study sponsors and executed by our team to add to medical knowledge and medical advancements related to the treatment, diagnosis, and prevention of diseases or conditions.
These trials are the primary way researchers find out if new treatments are safe and effective for the public’s use. The research on new treatments and devices is how we develop new standards of care and prevention!
One of the biggest reasons individuals participate in clinical research studies is to play an active role in their own health. Other people participate because they have exhausted their treatment or are dissatisfied with their current treatment options and they want to help researchers find more effective solutions than what is currently available.
Participating in a clinical trial also allows you to be among the first to find out about new treatments before they are available to the public. Regardless of your motivation, your contribution to scientific discovery will help others and pave the way for future generations to lead healthier, happier lives.
Research is the number one method in uncovering new information about diseases and therapies. Your participation in a clinical trial could help in the development of new medical treatments.
Study participants will receive financial compensation for their time and travel, medical evaluations with a doctor and medical professionals, and the study medication, treatment, vaccination, or device at no cost! Insurance is never required to join a trial.
Each study has specific risks or side effects depending on the medication or treatment being studied. Our medical team will thoroughly discuss these with you during your visit. Our study investigators are all experienced clinicians that are first and foremost concerned about your safety, health, and wellbeing. Participation in a trial is always voluntary.
The length of a clinical study varies, depending on what is being studied. Depending on the clinical trial, a study can last for as little as one visit to over a year. Participants will discuss the study’s length along with the requirements and protocol prior to enrollment.
All of your personal and medical information is kept private and HIPAA protected. Your information is not released to any third parties or insurance agencies. Names and any other identifying information are not released even to the study’s sponsor. All data is de-identified to protect your privacy.
No, health insurance is not required to participate in any of our research studies. Your information is not released to any insurance agencies.
No, Artemis investigators are responsible for administering all of our trials. Our investigators are doctors who have received extensive training in clinical trial administration and are experienced in the research study processes. The trial sponsors work closely with Artemis’s investigators to ensure complete understanding of the study’s guidelines and be sure that the study is administered without deviating from the protocol in ways that impact study results or participant safety.
However, if you choose, we can provide your physician with details about your study participation and also provide any lab or test results you request.
Although we always highly encourage all participants to complete a trial to ensure the most accurate data, participation is always voluntary. There is no risk or penalty for ending a trial prior to completion.
We offer a transportation service through Lyft for participants who have no other form of transportation to and from our sites. Please contact us directly to learn more or schedule a ride.
The study guidelines and requirements, known as the protocol, are created by the study’s sponsor. The sponsor is typically a pharmaceutical company that has developed the product being studied. The study’s protocol is reviewed by an independent institutional review board (IRB) made up of physicians, researchers, and community members. The IRB reviews all aspects of the clinical trial to ensure that risk factors are kept to a minimum and that the study protects the safety, rights, and welfare of all participants.
If it turns out you are not a good fit for a particular study, you will still have the benefit of speaking with a medical professional and receiving your test results and assessments. Our doctor’s might recommend certain treatment options or recommend you for a different research study.
No, Artemis does not have any proprietary interest in the medication, vaccination, treatment, or device being studied in any of our studies. Artemis is hired to conduct the clinical trials by companies who create medical treatments. We have no interest in anything besides our volunteer’s safety and comfort as well as conducting the trial according to the protocol specified by the company that hires us.
We offer a refer a friend program! If you have a friend or family member who would benefit from participating in a clinical trial, have them contact us directly. Make sure they mention how they were referred. If they qualify and enroll in a study, you will receive a $100 gift card per referral.
In any research study, there is the potential that symptoms may become worse. Our clinicians always consider your health and they will work directly with you if you have any unwanted side effects or if the medication is not working for you. There is no risk or penalty for ending a trial prior to completion.
In some clinical trials, a study medication is compared with a placebo medication. Often known as a “sugar pill”, placebo is a medication or treatment which is designed to have no therapeutic value. A placebo is a treatment that looks like the study medication but is made with inactive ingredients that have no real effect on patient health. Placebos are used in some types of clinical trials to help make sure results and medication responses are accurate.
Over years of research, doctors have discovered that some people start to feel better even if they just believe they’re being treated. This is known as the placebo effect, and happens in around 1 in 3 people.
By having some clinical trial participants take a placebo instead of the study treatment, doctors can see how much of the positive effect patients have when they take the new medicine is not just due to the placebo effect, but actually because the therapy is effective at treating the condition.