What is a Clinical Trial?

A clinical trial (also called clinical research or study) is a research study conducted with human volunteers to answer specific health questions. Carefully conducted clinical trials are the fastest and safest way to find treatments that work in people and ways to improve health.

What are the Risks and Benefits of Participation?

Clinical trials that are well-designed and well-executed are the best approach for participants to:

  • Play an active role in their own health care.
  • Gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available.
  • Help others by contributing to medical research.

There are also risks to clinical trials:

  • There may be unpleasant, serious or even life-threatening side effects to treatment.
  • The treatment may not be effective for the participant.
  • The protocol may require more of their time and attention than would a non-protocol treatment, including trips to the study site, more treatments, or complex dosage requirements.

All risks and benefits are laid out in a comprehensive consent form at your first visit. There is no obligation to participate.

Will I have to take time off of work?

We will try to accommodate your schedule as much as we can but we are required to follow a protocol that may require visits to be conducted during certain times of the day. We can provide reimbursement as discussed in the consent form to alleviate any costs of participation.