Why should I participate in clinical research?
People participate in clinical research for a variety of reasons. Some people find it intellectually stimulating to contribute to the discovery of new medical treatments that are safer and more effective than existing treatments. Others participate because they do not have access to quality medical care for their conditions, and as a participant, can receive medications and physician consultations free of charge. All participants benefit from the expert education they receive regarding the management of their condition. In addition, we compensate participants for the time they spend in our studies.
Are clinical studies safe?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has strict guidelines and regulations that help ensure the safety of clinical trials. According to the FDA, “Carefully conducted clinical trials are the safest and fastest way to find treatments that work in people and new ways to improve health.” Research subjects are closely followed with blood work, physical exams, and other testing relevant to the study. eStudySite has been conducting clinical trials since 2000 and its medical doctors have worked in research for decades.
What are the qualifications for the studies?
Enrollment criteria can vary for each study and is based on the participant's medical history. The best way to find out if you qualify is to call an eStudySite patient services representative. They will go through a brief medical questionnaire with you and enter your information into a secure database. The coordinators of the different studies will then be able to contact you to discuss which studies may be a good fit for you.
How long is a clinical trial?
The commitment to a clinical trial varies from a few weeks up to several years. You will be told during your initial visit exactly what is expected of you during the trial, so you can make a decision about whether or not you want to continue with the screening process.
Will I be able to know the results of the study?
Generally, clinical trials run for months or years. After enrollment has finished and all participants in the study have completed all study requirements, the data is locked and analyzed. After results are obtained, the principal investigator and colleagues write their findings and conclusions, and once this has been published, we can share the results with the study participants, usually by letter.
Who administers the study?
Our studies are conducted by highly trained, experienced research staff; comprised of board certified medical doctors, certified clinical research coordinators, and lab personnel.