An Introduction to Clinical Trials at CMAX
Participating in a clinical trial is an important personal decision. Potential participants should know as much as possible about the clinical trial and feel comfortable asking the members of the research team questions about it. In addition, it can be helpful to talk to your doctor, family members, or friends before deciding to volunteer for a clinical trial.
what is a clinical trial?
A clinical trial is a research study in human volunteers to answer specific health questions. Carefully conducted clinical trials are the fastest and safest way to find treatments that work in people and ways to improve health. The clinical trial process depends on the kind of trial being conducted. Clinical trials will vary in regard to duration, who is eligible to volunteer and financial reimbursement. You may be required to reside within the CMAX Clinical Unit for a period of several days and nights or simply attend scheduled visits. Before you are accepted to participate in a Clinical Trial you must attend a medical screening appointment where your general health and eligibility will be assessed. The key facts about a clinical trial are detailed in the informed consent.
Who can participate in a clinical trial?
All clinical trials have guidelines about who can participate. Some trials seek participants with illnesses or conditions, while others need healthy participants. In addition, research studies use inclusion/exclusion criteria to determine if a participant will qualify for the study. The factors that allow someone to participate in a clinical trial are called “inclusion criteria” and those that disallow someone from participating are called “exclusion criteria”. These criteria are based on such factors as age, gender, the type and stage of a disease, previous treatment history, and other medical conditions. It is important to note that inclusion and exclusion criteria are not used to reject people personally, instead, the criteria are used to identify appropriate participants and keep them safe.