What is Clinical Research?
Clinical Research is designed to collect information to prove a medication or device is safe and effective. When a pharmaceutical company has a new investigational medication or one already approved for a new condition or dosage, clinical research is used as an investigational method.
Clinical Research is conducted nationwide and requires a special commitment and reputation in the medical field. Medical centers who conduct clinical research employ highly skilled physicians with first-rate status and medical proficiency. Physicians are accompanied by a study coordinator who is responsible for conducting the study under the physician's supervision. Together they form the research team and provide details aobut your medical condition and various treatment options.
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Types and Phases of Research Explained
Why Should I Participate?
Participation is voluntary and you will receive an Informed Consent Form which will explain
your rights as a participant. A copy of this consent will be given to you to take
home and read. If you decide not to participate, you will not be penalized in any way
nor will your standard of care be affected. It is important to understand that
participation is voluntary.
Your physician may ask if you are interested in participating in a study and the reasons
for suggesting this may vary. Sometimes conventional treatments may not be
appropriate for your condition or your physician feels your participation in the study
can be beneficial. Regardless of the reasons, you should discuss why he/she has
asked you to consider participating in the study.
If you decide to participate in a study, your physician will provide information about the
study and introduce you to the study coordinator. As explained above, the study
coordinator is responsible for conducting the study under your physician's supervision.
In order to fully understand clinical research and assist our patients in making educated
decisions about study participation, our website provides FAQ, patient education, contact
information and other information related to CCR.