Frequently Asked Questions
It's natural to have questions. Many of the same questions come up, so we'll start by answering the most common questions here.
What are the risks and benefits of a research program?
Potential risks and benefits vary from program to program. However, if you are interested in volunteering for a specific study potential risks and benefits will be explained to you before you give your consent to participate. You will also be able to ask questions of our clinical staff if you have any concerns that are not addressed.
Will it cost me anything? Do I get compensated?
No cost. All medical care, tests, and medications related to the clinical trial are provided free of charge.
And yes, we provide compensation for loss of time or work in nearly all of our trials.
How long does it take?
This will also vary depending on the clinical trial. Most visits for any study at our clinic are at least 30 minutes and some may be a few hours. The initial visit will be longer because it will be necessary to assess your history and discuss the consent.
The length of the each research program varies. This information would be made available to you once you have qualified for a particular study. An estimate can be made when you call our Patient Services Representatives.
Will I be treated by real doctors?
Yes, you will be treated by real doctors that are board certified in either Internal Medicine, or Psychiatry.
What happens when I sign up?
Once you have enrolled in a study, you may receive a physical examination. Your study physician or a research staff member will review your medical history as well. A detailed description of your specific clinical trial and what's expected of you will be outlined in your consent form.
What if I have a medical problem while in the program?
If you have any questions or problems, during clinic hours you can call us and a research associate or physician will be able to assist you. After clinic hours, you will reach the answering service that will be able to page an appropriate person to address your concerns. Our Physicians and professional staff are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
What if I want to keep taking the medication?
Because most of the medications we study are investigational and have not yet been approved by the FDA for general release to the public, continuing the medication after your clinical research participation ends may not be an option. This is determined on a study by study basis. We will provide you with appropriate referrals for treatment at the end of your study participation.