If I want to volunteer for research how do I do it ?
Will I be monitored ?
What kind of medical care should I expect ?
Where will tests and exams be performed ?
Will there be any payment required on my part ?
If I am given any medications, will I be told their names ?
Is there a specific amount of time involved ?
Is my time compensated for ?
Will qualified medical professionals be conducting the research study ?
Am I safe or am I just a "guinea pig" ?
The protection of your safety and rights are essential to conducting a clinical trial. The Institutional Review Board, (IRB) must grant approval to any doctor conducting a clinical trial. They also examine all study protocols to ensure patients rights
What are clinical trials and studies?
Clinical research is medical research involving people. There are two types, clinical studies and clinical trials.
Clinical studies (sometimes called observational studies) observe people in normal settings. Researchers gather information, group volunteers according to broad characteristics, and compare changes over time. For example, researchers may collect data through medical exams, tests, or questionnaires about a group of older adults over time to learn more about the effects of different lifestyles on cognitive health. Clinical studies may help identify new possibilities for clinical trials.
Clinical trials are research studies performed in people that are aimed at evaluating a medical, surgical, or behavioral intervention. They are the primary way that researchers find out if a new treatment, like a new drug or diet or medical device (for example, a pacemaker) is safe and effective in people. Often a clinical trial is used to learn if a new treatment is more effective and/or has less harmful side effects than the standard treatment.
Other clinical trials test ways to find a disease early, sometimes before there are symptoms. Still others test ways to prevent a health problem. A clinical trial may also look at how to make life better for people living with a life-threatening disease or a chronic health problem. Clinical trials sometimes study the role of caregivers or support groups.
Before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves a clinical trial to begin, scientists perform laboratory tests and studies in animals to test a potential therapy’s safety and efficacy. If these studies show favorable results, the FDA gives approval for the intervention to be tested in humans.