Clinical trials are designed to advance medical science and the improve quality of life for so many people. But no part of a clinical trial is as vital to its success as participating volunteers. Without them, new medical breakthroughs simply would not occur.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a clinical trial?

Clinical trials are done to see if a new drug or device is safe and effective for people to use. Carefully conducted clinical trials are the safest and fastest way to find treatments that work in people and new ways to improve health.

Why should I participate in a clinical trial?

Participants in clinical trials can play a more active role in their health care, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available and help others by contributing to medical research.

Are clinical trials safe?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates all clinical trials to ensure participants who agree to be in studies are treated safely. Participants are followed closely by doctors, researchers, and other health care professionals throughout their participation. All research studies conducted in the US abide by ethical principles found in the Declaration of Helsinki, Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines, and other strict federal guidelines.

Who can participate in a trial?

Anyone. Selection criteria varies from trial to trial.

What can a participant expect?

A detailed description of what is expected of participants will be outlined in the specific study consent forms along with additional clinical trial information. At Tribe Clinical Research, we believe that clinical research participation should be in collaboration with the participant's primary care physician.

What is informed consent?

Informed consent means that the volunteer agrees to participate in the trial under condition explained by the investigator.

Is my information private?

Yes. Volunteers sign a HIPAA consent that lets them know who has access to their personal health information.

Can someone participate in more than one study?

Yes, but not at the same time.

How long does a study last?

Clinical trials vary in length. Some trials are as short as a few weeks or as long as a few years.

Do I have to report my compensation as income?

Yes, if you received a total of $600.00 or more in a single tax year.


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