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Ready To Help? 4 Things You Should Know About Participating In Clinical Research Trials

If you've been looking for a way to give back to the community, take part in clinical research trials. Clinical research trials give medical professionals the opportunity to develop new treatments. These treatments can be for a variety of medical conditions. Here's some information that will help you understand the clinical trial process. 

You'll go Through a Screening Process

If you'd like to take part in clinical research trials, you'll start with paperwork. The first step toward participation is the screening process. There are actually a couple of screenings you'll need to go through. The screening process ensures the right people are chosen for each clinical trial. Pre-screening is the first step. During the pre-screening, you'll talk to a representative. This representative will ask you some basic questions. Those questions will determine your eligibility to proceed. Once you make it through the pre-screening, you'll take part in the final screening process. This step involves blood work, physical exams, and other lab work.

You'll Sign a Consent Form

If you pass the screening process, you may receive an invitation to take part in the clinical trial. If you are, you'll need to sign a consent form. The consent process ensures that you understand the trial you'll be involved in. While you're going through the consent process, you'll have the opportunity to ask questions about the clinical trial you'll be involved in. This type of informed consent eliminates confusion. During the consent process, you'll also learn about any compensation you'll be provided for your participation in the trial. 

You'll be Placed in a Random Group

If you decide to take part in the clinical trial, you'll be placed in a random group. Random groupings ensure unbiased results from the clinical trial. Once you're placed into a random group, you'll begin treatment. You'll receive either the actual treatment or a placebo. Because it's random, you won't know which one you're receiving. You will remain in the same group throughout the duration of the clinical trial. 

You'll Have Scheduled Appointments

If you take part in a clinical trial, you'll be required to attend scheduled appointments. It's important that you clear your schedule for those appointments. During your appointments, researchers will monitor your condition. This will include questions about any side effects you may experience. To make sure you're prepared for each appointment, you should keep a research journal. Be sure to document any ill-effects you experience. These notes will help you provide important information to the researchers.

For more information on clinical research, reach out to medical health professionals in your area.