The awareness of clinical trials is low, making it a taboo topic for a lot of people. Let’s face it, the unknown scares us! If you are a caregiver or someone who suffers from a chronic condition, a research study may be an option.
At Florida Pulmonary Research Institute, we understand the challenges, risks, and benefits you and your loved ones will be facing if volunteering in a study becomes a reality. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of facts you need to know about clinical trials before enrolling.
- Clinical trials are made up of interventional and/or observational studies that are conducted with the help of volunteers.
- Their main goal is to explore the effectiveness and safety of medical strategies, treatments or devices.
- Clinical studies are sponsored by pharmaceutical companies, academic medical centers, and voluntary groups.
- Studies can take place in hospitals, doctors’ offices, community clinics and/or universities.
- They are led by a principal investigator, who is a medical doctor as well as a research team of various healthcare professionals such as doctors, nurses, social workers
- Participating in a clinical trial may give you access to possible new treatment options not yet available to the public, a better understanding of your condition and allow you to help further medical knowledge.
- All medicines, treatment strategies, and medical devices go through a rigorous process before reaching the pharmacy or your medicine cabinet at home.
- The approach being tested may or may not be better than current standard care.
- 95% of clinical trial participants stated they would like to participate in another trial.
Participating in a clinical trial shouldn’t be scary or considered a taboo. Over the years, clinical research has improved the lives of many. As a site, we are aiming to build a better future for generations to come!
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