An increasing number of local doctors are taking part in carrying out studies, giving you the opportunity to discover new drugs, treatment methods, nutritional supplements and medical devices
Volunteer participants in these studies provide a valuable service to the community. By helping the researchers, you help advance medical science.
What is a Clinical Trial (aka clinical research)?
A Clinical Trial is a study designed to provide valuable data for a new or existing treatment or treatment method to determine whether it is safe and effective for humans. To determine whether a treatment is both safe and effective, trials must be conducted to provide statistical evidence. All clinical trials are reviewed, approved and monitored by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure the ethical treatment of participants and to ensure that all participants are fully informed about the study before agreeing to participate. After you have been able to ask all your questions, the procedure of the study is clear to you and you have had time to think about it, you will be asked to sign a consent form.
Who can participate in a clinical trial?
Each study has specific criteria regarding the type of participants needed for the study. These criteria are there to ensure that the right statistical data can be collected for the study.
As a participant, you must therefore meet the inclusion criteria to participate in a project.
How does a clinical trial work?
The very first thing that happens when you choose to participate in a clinical trial is that you are given a full explanation of the study. Potential risks and benefits of the study will be discussed with you. If you agree to take part in the study, you are free to stop at any time. During the study, you will only be asked to complete the visits and procedures specified at the beginning. The purpose of the study is to collect valuable data from you that directs the outcome of the study.
Why do we need Clinical Trials?
Without Clinical Trials, all the drugs and treatments we have today would not exist. To develop new treatments that are both safe and effective, trials must be conducted. The Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) requires all medical treatments or methods to be vigorously tested to ensure they are both effective and generally safe.
What questions should I ask before participating?
Volunteers are always fully informed about study requirements, required visits, tests, procedures, etc. Moreover, volunteers are always informed of known or likely risks of a study or new risks discovered during the study.
You should ask all the questions you have before making the decision to participate in a study. Make sure you know exactly what is required of you and that you are prepared to perform the required tasks in the study.
Also make sure you understand the benefits and risks of the study and can accept the risks of participating.
One of the most important points to remember is that participation in a clinical trial is always voluntary that you can terminate your participation at any time.
Are there any costs to me for the study?
No, a clinical trial is sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry or the government. This means that the costs are therefore borne by them and your participation is completely free of charge.
Are you interested in participating in an ongoing study or would you like to register in our patient database without obligation? If so, we look forward to hearing from you!
If you are interested in taking part in clinical trials or would like more detailed information, please register with us.
We hope we can find a suitable study for you now or in the future.