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Along with complimentary treatment under exceptional medical supervision and often a stipend, participants benefit from our experience and expertise. Since 2003, we have successfully completed approximately hundreds of studies that have involved thousands of patients. Exclusively performing Phase 2 through Phase 4 studies, all of the protocols used in our trials have been approved by the FDA. Primarily, we study the safety and efficacy of new generations of drugs. Some of the categories of approved medications that we’ve studied have reached the market. Some of the areas where we have participated in studies include those used to treat diabetes, hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), men’s and women’s health, chronic pain, arthritis, osteoporosis, HIV, and heart disease.
As a participant in a study, you become an active partner along with your research team of professionals. This will help you learn more about your disease and will help to develop more effective treatments.
Participating in a clinical trial is a personal decision after reviewing the benefits and risks. While weighing the options, consider the following:
- Participant will gain access to potentially new research medications or treatments.
- The medical care for the study is without cost to the participant and often there is payment for travel and time. The participant’s vital signs, symptoms and overall health are monitored by the physician investigators while the participant is in the trial.
- By participating in research, the participant will be helping to find answers to health questions which may contribute to treatment advances.
The decision about whether or not to participate should be made after you feel that you have all of the information needed to make an informed choice. It is important to make sure you have a clear understanding of the trial before you make your decision, including the risks and inconveniences, such as:
- You might get a placebo instead of the test drug. This may be for part of the trial or for the complete trial. As a result, your condition may worsen.
- You may be exposed to harmful side effects. Although many volunteers experience only minor side effects or none at all, serious side effects can occur.
- The new treatment might not work or your current treatment may be better.
- Taking part in a trial is a responsibility and requires adherence to the protocol. This may be inconvenient. This can include many visits, uncomfortable procedures and inconvenient side effects or work at home- like keeping a journal.
If you agree to participate in a clinical trial, the process will depend on the particular type of trial you participate in. You will meet with our team of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals. This research team will check your health prior to the start of the trial and will continue monitoring you carefully during the trial. You will be given explicit instructions, and will be required to follow the protocol. You will receive one-on-one patient care and will meet with the same team of physicians and nurses each time you visit Peninsula Research. This ensures continuity of care, and allows us to develop a personal and individual study protocol for all participants.
There are very strict guidelines to protect clinical trial participants. Every clinical trial in the United States must be approved and monitored by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to make sure that the risks are as low as possible and are worth any potential benefits.
An IRB is an independent committee of physicians, statisticians, community advocates and others that ensures a clinical trial is ethical and that a participant’s rights are protected. Our site can utilize central or local IRBs.