A clinical trial, or clinical research study, tests the safety and effectiveness of new investigational medications or treatments in volunteers. Participation requirements vary for each clinical trial and the study team is here to guide you through the process.
Protecting the health and safety of people who take part in clinical trials is the highest priority for clinical researchers throughout the entire study process. All clinical trials follow strict federal guidelines on how volunteers must be treated.
Once Lakeview Clinical Research determines if you are eligible for a study, you will then provide your informed consent for participation. The staff will outline what is expected of you during the study process including but not limited to:
After you have been provided all the study information, you will then give your consent to continue with the trial. Participation is always voluntary and you can leave the study at any time.
An investigational medication or device has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for commercial use, but is allowed to be used for research purposes. Many studies will compare the investigational treatment alongside a placebo, which is often similar in appearance but does not contain any active ingredients. Not all clinical trials use a placebo, some may compare against an already approved treatment or be testing different doses.
Your participation in a clinical trial is completely voluntary and you can decide to stop at any time, but you should discuss this with your study doctor if you are thinking about stopping. Your decision to not take part in the trial will not affect your current or future care at our facility.
Without clinical trials, many of the medical devices and drugs on the market today would not exist. By participating in a clinical research study you have the potential to contribute to this important research.
Clinical trials often test the efficacy of drugs and devices that are not yet available to the public. Participating in a study may give you access to a different treatment option for your condition.
It’s important to be an active participant in managing your health care. Clinical trials can offer an opportunity to learn more about your condition and explore treatment options.