Frequently Asked Questions about Clinical Research Studies -
- What are clinical research studies?
Clinical research studies are studies directly involved with a particular person or group of people, or use materials from humans (such as behavior or blood samples.) The purpose is to develop new treatments and medications for different conditions. Patients who chose to participate in research become more active in their own treatment plans, gain access to new treatments and contribute to the future of medicine. There are strict preplanned or predefined rules for clinical trials, which are monitored by the National Institute of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,
- What happens during a clinical trial?
Patients are monitored throughout the study via physical exams, laboratory tests, EKGs, blood pressure checks, and other various medical procedures. You may receive study medication (or placebo), tests and exams at no charge throughout the course of the study. Studies can last anywhere from 1 hour to 5 years.
- Why should I participate?
The health of millions has been improved because of advances in science and technology, and the willingness of individuals who take part in clinical research studies. The role of volunteer subjects as partners in clinical research is crucial in the quest for knowledge that will improve the health of future generations.
- Will I be compensated?
Depending on the study and your location, you may be compensated for time and travel. MPC Heart Consultants reports compensation of $600 or more to the Internal Revenue Service and sends a "Form 1099-Other Income" to the participant at the end of the year.
- How do I know if I qualify?
Call us today at (402) 384-2705 or by email MPCHeartConsultantsResearch@nmhs.org. We’ll review your medical history and determine if we have a study that’s right for you!