A clinical trial is a research study to answer specific questions about new therapies or new ways of using known treatments. Clinical trials in Columbus are used to determine whether new drugs or treatments are both safe and effective. Carefully conducted clinical trials are the fastest and safest way to find treatments that work.
The clinical trial process depends on the kind of study you participate in. The team will include doctors and nurses as well as other health care professionals. They will check your health at the beginning of the study, give you specific instructions for participating in the trial, monitor you carefully during the trial, and stay in touch with you after the study.
All clinical trials have guidelines about who can get into the program. Guidelines are based on such factors as age, type of disease, medical history, and current medical condition. Before you join a clinical trial, you must qualify for the study. Some research studies seek volunteers with illnesses or conditions to be studied in the clinical trial, while others need healthy volunteers.
Some clinical trials will pay you for joining the trial. In some studies, researchers will reimburse you for expenses associated with participating in the study. Such expenses may include transportation costs, child care, meals and accommodations.
Each clinical trial lasts a specific amount of time, depending on the medicine and/or treatment being tested. You will be informed of the specific time requirement before you agree to enter a study.