Becoming a Clinical Research Volunteer
When you become a clinical research volunteer, you take an active role in your medical care and help others by contributing to scientific research. Clinical trials test and compare experimental drugs and devices in order to advance knowledge in the field of medicine and bring new therapies to patients. In fact, all drugs and devices in use today began in clinical trials to test their safety and effectiveness. Through participation in clinical trials, patients have access to breakthrough treatments before they are widely available.
Important Questions to Ask Before You Volunteer
Applying to be in a clinical trial is a personal decision and is always voluntary. If you are considering applying to become a clinical research volunteer, you should be educated about the study you will be participating in. Here are some questions you might ask your care provider:
- What is the purpose of the study?
- Who will be in charge of my care?
- What will happen to me during the study?
- Will the research personally benefit me?
- How might this study affect my daily life?
- Will there be any side effects?
- How will I know if the experimental treatment is working?
- Are there other options?
- Can I leave the study at any point?
- Will the results of the study be provided to me?
- How is my safety ensured and protected?
- Will it cost me anything?
Benefits and Risks to Participants
An internal Institutional Review Board (IRB) carefully reviews all clinical trials before approving them to take place at CDH. It is important for you to understand the benefits and risks of your clinical trial before volunteering to take part in the study.
- Helping others by contributing to medical research
- Playing an active role in your own health care
- Gaining access to new research treatments
- Obtaining expert medical care at a leading health care facility during the trial
- There may be unpleasant, serious or life-threatening side effects related to experimental treatment
- The treatment or therapy may not be effective
- The protocol may require more time and attention than standard care, such as:
o Trips to the study site
o More treatments
o Hospital stays
o Complex dosage requirements
Current Clinical Trials
Clinical trials are currently available to patients through physicians on the medical staff at CDH in the following clinical areas:
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
- Vascular medicine
Office of Research Support / Institutional Review Board
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