And why participation is important
Why We Research
And why participation is important
We need you
If you’ve ever thought about participating in a clinical study, now is the time. Clinical studies are what allow all medications to come to market, including drugs that treat infections, cancer, lung disease and heart disease. Without clinical studies, no medications would be available for use. Your participation is extremely important – here’s why.
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You can give the ultimate gift
Did you know you have the power to alter lives? When you make the decision to enrol in a clinical study, your participation helps to shed light on diseases, their progression and precisely how to treat them. Your participation helps bring life-changing medications to those who need them. That’s a gift that has profound impact – today and tomorrow.
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You can help those you love and others
They could be family members, or they could be people you never get to meet. But because of you, people will be living better, healthier lives. Your participation helps advance scientists’ understanding of the disease or illness. Making new or improved treatments available means more treatment options for everyone, maybe even you or someone you know.
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You can have access to new treatments
Participating in a clinical study may give you access to experimental, cutting-edge treatment options. Plus, as a participant, you’ll have access to an expert medical team that carefully monitors your disease and your overall health.
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What to expect
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Pre-Screening
If you’re interesting in participating, you’ll be pre-screened by our staff, either over the phone or at our facility. This initial conversation will help our staff determine if you’re eligible to enroll and your level of interest in a study.
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Informed consent
Before you agree to participate in a clinical study, you have the right to know and understand what will take place during the study period. This is called “informed consent,” and it’s a very important aspect of clinical study participation. This represents a serious commitment, so you should carefully review the forms that explain your rights and obligations as a participant. This is where you’ll decide if enrolling in a study would be right for you. More questions?
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Screening
The purpose of this step is to ensure that all volunteers meet the requirements for a clinical study. The specific eligibility criteria are established by the study protocol, and they will vary depending on the type of trial being conducted as well the overall focus for the research. If you’re interested in participating in a study, you may be asked to come to our clinic for lab tests, physical exams, blood tests and any other necessary screening procedures. Ready to participate?
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Enrollment and randomization
Once you’ve passed all screening evaluations, and been chosen to participate, you’ll be assigned to a specific group for the duration of the study. You could be one of the participants receiving the experimental treatment or therapy, or you may be assigned to the group being administered a placebo.
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Scheduled study visits
Depending on the protocol, you’ll have a set number of clinic visits. Some studies don’t require any. These visits could be scheduled on a daily, weekly, monthly or annual basis, depending on the prescribed treatment period. The protocol will also outline what you’ll do at each visit, but visits typically include having physical exams, blood work or even filling out a brief questionnaire. What else would you like to know?
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Volunteer Safety & Privacy

The US Congress passed The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules. This law protects your personal health information and requires that you give permission, in writing, for the use or transfer of that information. When you sign the Informed Consent at screening, you’re also granting permission for your Protected Health Information to be collected and used inside and outside the United States for research at PRA.

You won’t be identified (by name, street address, etc.) in any information used outside Of the clinic unless required by law. While you’re in the clinic, you’ll be identified by your initials and date of birth to protect your privacy. You may request your medical records from PRA at any time.

The safety of study volunteers is our top priority at PRA. Across the globe, clinical trial conduct is governed by the International Conference on Harmonization and Good Clinical Practice (ICH/GCP). The ICH mandate is to create International harmonization, aimed at ensuring that good quality, safe and effective medicines are developed and registered in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. Good Clinical Practice is outlined by the ICH and describes the ethical principles for medical research that must be observed to ensure volunteer safety. In the United States, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is the government agency that regulates clinical research. In addition to federal oversight, ICH/GCP also requires that all clinical research is overseen by a local Institutional Review Board (IRB) that includes both clinical experts and members of the community.

It’s important to understand that there is a certain level of risk involved with clinical research studies. The safety and well-being of participants is always the number one priority at PRA. During the screening process, you will be asked to provide information about your medical history. To minimize your risk as a study participant, it’s important that you provide a thorough and accurate account of your past and present medical history. As a volunteer, you have the right to remove yourself from a study at any time, for any reason, with no penalty or loss of benefits to which you are entitled.

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