About Clinical Trials
Clinical Trials FAQ
Americans have benefited from tremendous progress in clinical research over the past 60 years. Today people are living longer, healthier lives thanks in part to research conducted by physicians and scientists. Reports of medical discoveries are in the news nearly every day, but new cures, treatments, prevention approaches and diagnostics are actually the products of long and arduous effort.
Frequently Asked Questions
Many clinical trials are conducted to compare existing approved treatments (standard treatments) to determine which is more effective. Some examine different ways of delivering the standard treatment help make it easier to use or to reduce bothersome side effects. Some help to determine if the treatment is safe to use in an entirely different population.
Clinical trials are conducted under the intense scrutiny of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA sets forth rules and guidelines for clinical trials to make sure that people who are being studied are as safe as they can possibly be.
For those who have never participated in a clinical trial, we understand that it can feel somewhat intimidating, and may make you wonder if you should participate at all. Clinical trial participation is essential to the development of new, life-changing treatments and medicines. We need volunteers like you to help us in our mission to advance global health. That being said, it’s our duty to ensure that you are as informed as possible about what to expect when participating in paid clinical trials at UCCTrials.
We know that helping UCCTrials in its mission to advance global health is rewarding enough for our volunteers, but there are additional benefits to participating in clinical research. Participants may be compensated for their time and travel. It is our way of saying thank you for helping UCCTrials!
Care for patients in a clinical trial is provided in the same way standard treatment is provided. Our physicians, nurses and other health professionals provide care, keep patients informed about their treatment and measure their progress.
We are committed to providing safe, high-quality care, and we respect and value your role in making decisions about your healthcare. You are entitled to your rights, whether or not you participate in clinical trials.
Participation in a clinical trial is voluntary. You can withdraw from the trial at any time.
Informed consent is the process of learning the key facts about a research study before you decide whether or not to participate. To help you decide, the study doctors and coordinators explain the details of the study to you. Then they give you an informed consent document that describes things about the study, such as its purpose, risks, benefits, required procedures and contacts. You will get a copy of the informed consent document, and you may take as much time as you need to decide. You may want to talk over the study with your family, friends or doctor before you make a decision.
All clinical research studies have a series of requirements that must be met; these are known as inclusion/exclusion criteria. Inclusion criteria allow certain persons to participate, while exclusion criteria are what prevent persons from participating. These criteria most often include age, gender, the type and stage of an illness, previous treatment history, and other medical conditions. All of these criteria are not meant to exclude people personally; rather, they are to identify the most appropriate people who are needed for the study (for example, healthy people versus people with an illness the study intervention intends to treat).
Participating in medical research is always and completely voluntary. Choosing not to participate will never affect your care at National Jewish Health. If you decide to volunteer for a research study, you can change your mind and stop at any time. If you decide to stop participating in a study, it is always helpful to the researchers if you tell them why.
Clinical research presents you with an opportunity to gain access to new medical interventions, to possibly take a more active role in your healthcare, and to help others by contributing to medical knowledge. Chances are you or someone you know may be alive today thanks to people who have participated in clinical research.