Every clinical trial has a unique protocol that outlines who can participate in a study. A patient must meet certain inclusion and exclusion criteria in order to participate in a study. Some of the inclusion/exclusion that is used to identify participates include things such as age, type of disease, other medical conditions. The inclusion and exclusion lists are important to help identify the correct patients with a specific disease or condition and to promote patient safety while participating on the trial.
Patients that participate in clinical trials are usually randomized (assigned) into a specific treatment group. Patients in one group may receive the investigational medication or device, and the other group may receive the placebo (an inactive product) or a treatment that is already available. The patient, physician and the research staff may not know if they are given the placebo or the investigational medication, so that all of the patients can observed the same way. Regardless of which treatment group the patient falls under, all patients will receives the same level of medical attention and care.
When a patient agrees to participate in a clinical trial they are helping to develop medical treatments and cures for medical conditions and diseases. Patients also are playing an active role in their health care. Participating in research gives the patient access to medical treatments before they are available. Just as there are benefits to participating in a clinical trial, there are also risks involved. Some risks to participating in a clinical trial are that the experimental treatment may not be effective and may not help the medical condition. There maybe unpleasant, serious, or even life- threatening side effects from the experimental treatment.
If you would like to participate in our research program please contact our Research Coordinator at 909-335-8938 or firstname.lastname@example.org