Clinical Research is one of the key ways that we improve research and advance modern medicine. Despite this, many people are unaware, or are unsure of the questions to ask their doctor if they want to get involved. In many cases, doctors will tell patients about research opportunities, however, it is also ok for patients to ask their doctors.
In a campaign to improve awareness about clinical research opportunities, The National Institute for Health Research has launched the Ok to Ask Campaign, a way to get more people asking their doctors questions about clinical research, and communicate the importance of the medical research in in our society.
The NIHS is asking the entire medical community to get involved, and is offering resources for doctors, patients, medical professionals, and the public. Throughout 2013/14, the NIHS is promoting the fact that it is ok to ask your doctor any questions you may have about clinical trials.
If you would like to get involved, you can support the campaign by:
Asking your doctor any questions you may have about clinical research
Take a picture of yourself with the Ok to Ask badge and post it on the internet!
There are lots of resources available for those that want to get involved. It’s a great way to spread the word about clinical trials, and encourage greater involvement from both professionals and the public alike.
Clinical trials (or sometimes referred to as clinical research) is the practice of performing studies from human volunteers to answer specific health questions. While people have different reasons for participating in clinical trials – ranging from treating their own condition to earning extra money – there is no doubt that clinical trials are an important component in advancing modern medicine.
Participating in a clinical trial is always done on a volunteer basis, and can have many benefits to the participant including access to new health care procedures and treatment for the participants own condition. While this is beneficial for all parties involved in the research, there are some questions that each person should feel comfortable asking the medical team before the trial begins.
It is always good to have a checklist of questions to ask before the trial begins. Make sure you ask all of the questions on your list, and receive sufficient answers. Some basic questions to ask, are:
- What is the purpose of the study?
- Why is this new research being tested? Has it been done before?
- Who will be involved in the research?
- What kinds of tests and treatments are involved?
- How long will the trial last?
- How will it affect your daily life?
- Will hospitalization be required?
- Should you expect any negative side effects?
- Will you be compensated? What about for expenses?
- How will you know the treatment is working? What results or changes should you expect?
- Should you expect any long term follow-up care?
It is important that due preparation is done in advance, and that you are fully prepared to undergo the study. If you feel that something is not clear to you, ask any questions you have until you receive an appropriate answer. Plan ahead, and bring along a friend or recording device so you can listen back to any discussions you had.
Participating in clinical trials can be a beneficial and very rewarding experience for all involved. Almost 90% of those who participated in clinical trials in the US in 2005 said they would do so again. It can be a very fulfilling experience, and preparation is key to making it a great success.
Contact us to learn more about our current studies.
Clinical Research Solutions is currently enrolling for these studies:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Asthma (children and adults)
- C. difficile
- Chronic Sinus Infections
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Type 2 Diabetes