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Why Participate

Why should I volunteer?

Participating in a clinical trial is much like a regular visit to a doctor’s office. Volunteer patients are treated professionally and with care. During a clinical trial, study medication is administered and treatment is given according to a protocol that research professionals must follow. The advantages of participating in a clinical trial include:

  • Obtaining study-related medical care and medications at no cost to you
  • Gaining access to medical care that may not be available elsewhere
  • Access to Investigational Drugs (link)
  • Treating a condition for which there is no effective treatment today
  • Helping advance medical science

Whatever your reasons, it is important that you make an informed choice about volunteering for a Research Program.

Who can participate?

Each trial has different guidelines for determining who is eligible. These guidelines are usually based on several characteristics including type of disease, current medical condition, medical history, and age. Your doctor or another member of our research staff will perform a thorough physical exam and medical history to determine if you are eligible to participate.

What questions should I ask?

  • What is the purpose of the study?
  • What kinds of procedures and/or tests will I have during the study?
  • How often will I need to go to my doctor’s office?
  • What are my responsibilities during the study?
  • Are there medication restrictions during the study?
  • What are the potential benefits and possible risks?
  • How long will I be in the study?
  • Will there be any cost to me?
  • Is there alternative treatment for my condition?
  • Will I learn of the study results?

To speak with one of our recruitment coordinators for more information about getting involved in a clinical trial  please call (480) 610-6120.