If you’re considering participating in a clinical trial, you may have some questions. Participation in a trial is a big decision and should not be taken lightly and without knowledge of the facts. Unfortunately, there is a good amount of speculation relating to clinical trials and what it really means to participate.
To help you navigate through the world of clinical trials, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions that we think are helpful to know.
Will I be seen by a real doctor?
Trial volunteers are often surprised to know that many doctors who conduct clinical trials are actually involved in private practice and are board-certified. If you decide to take part in a clinical trial, a medical doctor must oversea the trial and ensure your safety throughout the duration of the study.
Do I need insurance to participate?
One thing our patients are happy to hear is that taking part in a trial doesn’t cost you anything and insurance is not a standard requirement. The even better news? Participates are often compensated for their time and travel and receive other benefits as well.
How do I know if I qualify?
Before ever getting involved in a trial, there are a series of steps you’ll have to go through. The first is the application process and from there, you’ll be screened by phone by a research staff member. If you meet initial eligibility requirements, you’ll move on to an in-person screening with the doctor. Passing this portion means that you’ve met the criteria and can move on in the trial process.
Keep in mind that most studies have strict eligibility criteria so if you don’t qualify for a study, don’t give up. New studies are always opening.
Are there any risk to participating in a trial?
Before entering a trial, you’ll be given all the facts including potential risks and benefits. There are some risks involved when taking any new medicine or when having a medical procedure done. The same can be said for the trial drug or trial procedure you may receive during clinical trial participation.
All patients must be fully informed about the study in which they are participating in and then must sign a consent form to move forward. Participation is at-will and volunteers can drop out of a trial at any time.
Where do I start?
If you are interested in exploring clinical trials in your area, there are many ways you can keep up with enrolling opportunities. Trials that we are conducting at our facility are always posted on our website at ficresearch.com. You can also submit your information for future opportunities that may arise, and a member of our staff will contact you when something opens up.
You can also call our office at 407-658-0966 if you’d like any additional information on clinical trial participation and our current opportunities.