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VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION

Have you ever wondered about the development of medications or medical treatments that could one day improve, the health and quality peoples lives?

Clinical trials are a fundamental part of this process. Volunteer participation in clinical trials is essential for the development and approval of new medications and medical treatments.

Research Centers of America is most grateful to our volunteers. We value their safety, comfort and well being .

WHAT IS A CLINICAL TRIAL?

A clinical trial is a research study in human volunteers intended to answer a particular health questions. After a medicine or treatment is found to be safe and efficient, the FDA may approve it, and then, it will be available for the general population.

No treatment may reach clinical testing unless there is evidence that there might be an improvement over current therapies, as well as safety measures being met.

WHY PARTICIPATE IN A CLINICAL TRIAL?

Medical treatment cannot improve without research and volunteers. Everyone would like a successful treatment available when diagnosed with an illness. By volunteering for a clinical trial, you can help advance knowledge about future treatments that someday you and a loved one may benefit from.

In a research study, you have the ability to take an active role in your health. You receive access to investigational medications and treatments before they are widely available, and you can help others by contributing to the approval of new therapies.

WHO CAN ENROLL INTO A CLINICAL TRIAL?

All clinical trials at Research Centers of America and elsewhere have guidelines about who can enter into a particular study. The factors that permit someone to participate in a clinical trial are called “inclusion criteria, ” and those that prevent someone from participating are called “exclusion criteria.”

These criteria factors include age, gender, the type and stage of a disease, previous treatment history, and other medical conditions. To join a clinical trial at Research Centers of America, a participant must meet the requirements for the study. Inclusion and exclusion criteria are used to identify proper participants and keep them safe. The criteria help ensure that research questions will be answered accurately.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING A CLINICAL TRIAL?

The clinical trial process depends on the kind of test being conducted. The clinical trial team includes doctors, nurses and other health care professionals. These clinicians will check your health at the beginning of the trial, give you specific instructions for participating in the trial, monitor you carefully during the trial, and stay in touch after the trial is completed.

Some clinical trials at Research Centers of America include more tests and doctor visits than you would normally have for illness or condition. Your participation in clinical trials will be more safe and fruitful if you follow the protocol carefully and stay in contact with research staff.

WHAT IS INFORMED CONSENT?

Informed consent is the process of learning the key facts about a study including its purpose, duration, required procedures, risks, and benefits. You should always ask for the consent documents in a language you are comfortable with. Joining a clinical trial is a critical decision so, you must ask the research team any questions you may have about the study and the consent forms before you decide to participate. After your questions are answered, you should sign the consent and receive a copy. Your participation is voluntary, and you can stop participating at any time.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING IN A CLINICAL TRIAL?

Taking part in a clinical trial can have many advantages:

  • Have access to new medical treatments or medications that are not available in the market.
  • If you qualify, you may receive a stipend to help compensate for time and travel.

HOW IS THE SAFETY OF THE PARTICIPANT PROTECTED?

The FDA federally regulates all trials at Research Centers of America with built in safeguards to protect the participants. The trial, follows a carefully controlled protocol, a study plan, which details what researchers, will do in the study. As a clinical trial progresses, researchers report the results of the trial at scientific meetings, to medical journals, and to various government agencies. Individual participants’ names will remain anonymous and will not be mentioned in these reports.

WHAT QUESTIONS SHOULD I ASK?

It is essential that you know as much as possible about clinical trials so that you can make an informed decision as to whether or not you want to participate in clinical trials in Research Centers of America.

  • Why do researchers believe the new treatment being tested may be effective?
  • Has it been tested before?
  • What kinds of tests and treatments are involved?
  • How do the possible risks, side effects, and benefits in the study compare with my current treatment?
  • How might this trial affect my daily life?
  • How long will the trial last?
  • Who will pay for the treatment?
  • Will I be reimbursed for other expenses?
  • What type of long-term is follow-up care part of this study?
  • How will I know that the treatment is working?
  • Will results of the trials be provided to me?
  • Who will be in charge of my care?
  • What kinds of complications are involved?

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT PHASES OF A CLINICAL TRIAL?

Clinical trials are conducted in phases. The trials at each phase have a different purpose and help scientists answer different questions:

  • In Phase I trials, a new drug or treatment is tested in a small group of people (20-80) for the first time to evaluate its safety. Phase I also help to determine a safe dosage range and identify side effects.
  • Phase II trials are conducted on a larger group of people (100-300) to evaluate its effectiveness and to further evaluate its safety and dosage for people who suffer from a particular condition.
  • Phase III trials are conducted on larger group between (400- several thousand) and are designed to confirm its effectiveness, monitor side effects, compare it to commonly used treatments, and collect information that will allow the drug or treatment to be used safely.
  • Phase IV trials are posted marketing studies that delineate additional information including the drug’s risks, benefits, and optimal use. Some of these Phase IV trials are conducted at Medical Clinics in Fort Lauderdale.

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