If you’re interested in participating in a clinical research study, you’ll first be screened to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria. Criteria varies from study to study, but often includes factors such as age, gender, and existing medical conditions. Some clinical trials seek healthy participants, while others limit participation to those who have the illness or condition being studied.
Once you’ve enrolled in a clinical trial, you’ll be required to follow the treatment schedule exactly as detailed in the protocol. This means attending all visits to the clinic and taking all medication as described. Some clinical trials involving pharmaceuticals are placebo-controlled, meaning participants may receive an inactive substance instead of the drug being evaluated. In most cases, these types of trials are double-blind, meaning neither you nor your doctor will know whether you’re receiving a placebo.
Depending on the trial, you may receive compensation for your participation. Generally, the longer the trial, the more compensation you may receive. In addition, many clinical research facilities, including Synergy Research Centers, can provide transportation to and from our clinic.
There are many benefits to participating in a clinical trial, such as:
- Gaining access to cutting-edge treatments before they’re available to the general public
- Receiving individualized, careful attention from a highly qualified medical research team
- Helping others by contributing to the advancement of medical knowledge