Yes, study participants are compensated for their participation in the study with either a stipend or travel reimbursement, or both on each visit.
To participate in a trial managed by Provision Center for Biomedical Research, patients must first become established with our principal investigator’s practice (the Principal Investigator is the physician who assumes full responsibility for a research study). If patients are not already established with the physician’s practice, this may be done through the specific practice’s referral process. If you have questions regarding eligibility for a study prior to wanting to establish with our physicians, you may reach out to our Study Coordinator for a brief study overview and review of inclusion/exclusion criteria. At this time the Study Coordinator can also review the referral process for establishing with the necessary medical practice to advance to the next steps.
During the screening process you can expect a multitude of activities such as a review of medical history and medications, questionnaires, and potentially imaging and other diagnostic testing, blood draw, and/or a physical exam. The screening period can last between 30-60 days over the course of multiple visits in order to complete all necessary requirements.
- Neurology studies may require memory testing and a lumbar puncture for spinal fluid analysis.
- Pulmonology studies may require a right heart catheterization, ECHO, pulmonary function test, and 6-minute walk test.
- Medical Oncology studies may require a biopsy or a repeated biopsy if it was not completed within the allotted time-period. Lung cancer studies may require a pulmonary function test.
Each study varies, some may last three months, some may last a year, and some may have a follow-up study that leads to another study, extending the full commitment to another year. Your research coordinator will explain the length of time for the study you are interested in.
Yes, you will meet with your Study Coordinator at each visit who will talk with you about the study drug and how it is affecting you. In addition, physical exams will be conducted throughout the study, but not on every visit. A Study Coordinator will ask a physician to evaluate the patient, should the patient experience any adverse event from the study drug.
Study participants are limited to one study at a time; however, if you fail a screening for one study, you are welcome to consent and screen for another approved study by your physician.
Your clinical research coordinator is available to answer any questions or address areas you may need assistance throughout the process.
Yes, while you signed a consent form to enroll in the study, your participation is voluntary, and you may remove yourself from the trial at any time for any reason.