Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I participate in a clinical trial? Volunteering to participate in clinical research is an important and unique way to make a lasting difference in the lives of others. The lives of millions of people are positively impacted due to advances in science and technology. The willingness of hundreds of thousands of individuals to participate as clinical trial volunteers has allowed these advances to happen. Without the help of trial participants, there would be no advancements in medical care or knowledge that could improve the health of future generations.
Will I be compensated? If compensation is available for a specific trial, the Research Staff will review that with you at your initial review/screening.
What is a placebo? A placebo is a harmless, inactive substance made to look like the actual medicine used in the clinical trial. The purpose of a placebo is to reduce bias and ensure trial results are more reliable. Placebos are often used in trials when current medical guidelines recommend no treatment. The consent form will outline whether or not a placebo is part of a particular trial. Trial applicants should ensure they understand what research approach is being used in the study as it may affect their decision whether or not to participate.
What is Randomization? Randomization in clinical trials is when two or more alternative treatments are available for patients. Randomization is essential to ensure that any differences between the treatments being tested do not result from bias. In randomized controlled trials (RCTs), patients are assigned randomly to one of several treatment groups; patients are assigned by chance rather than choice. Researchers perform analysis at intervals during a trial, which may last years. If one treatment generates significantly better results than another, the trial closes.
Are there risks involved in participating in clinical research? Subjects who agree to participate in clinical research can expect that the activity will entail risks. These risks are not different from those experienced in activities of daily living, such as driving a car and should not deter you from considering participation. However, participants should be aware of the risks before enrolling in a clinical trial. The clinical trial risks are outlined in the consent document, which volunteers must sign before participating. The Research Team will also explain the risks to participants and answer any questions. If a participant chooses to volunteer for a study, they should carefully consider the risks. The knowledge gained from a clinical study will help others, even though there may be no direct benefits to a participant.
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