A clinical trial or clinical study is performed on volunteer participants that are aimed at evaluating a medical, surgical, or behavioral intervention. They are the primary way that researchers find out if a new treatment, like a new drug or diet or medical device is safe and effective.
Clinical trials advance through four phases to test a treatment, find the appropriate dosage, and look for side effects. If, after the first three phases, researchers find a drug or other intervention to be safe and effective, the FDA approves it for clinical use and continues to monitor its effects.
Clinical trials of drugs are usually described based on their phase. The FDA typically requires Phase I, II, and III trials to be conducted to determine if the drug can be approved for use.
Clinical trials are performed with the goal of advancing medicine though safe but effective discovery. Each trial is monitored by an independent Ethics Committee and Institutional Review Board with the safety of the participant in mind. Here at Spectrum Clinical Research we take the patients safety and wellbeing in mind when choosing what clinical trial we want to participate in. We cannot say the clinical trial is "risk-free" but we do everything within our power to lower the risk for our participants.
In order to participate in a clinical trial, a screening process will occur where our medical staff ask you a few simple questions about your medical history. We are trying to determine if you meet the requirements for the inclusion and exclusion criteria. This varies based on what is being research and which phase of the clinical trial is in.
Participation in a clinical trial is voluntary but you may be compensated for your time and/or travel. Compensation varies based on the study time, study length, and other requirements set forth by the clinical trial.
Spectrum Clinical Research provides a referral bonus up to $1,000 for if a friend or family member is enrolled and completes a clinical trial.
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