Idaho Research believes that clinical trials are a way for patients to access the most advanced, up to date therapies. See the links below under Additional Resources for more information about participating in a clinical trial.
Unfortunately, clinical trials are not for everyone:
- There are requirements that participants must meet (medication, lifestyle choices, stage of disease, etc.)
- Participation usually includes multiple office visits and additional time requirements from the volunteer
- Some potential volunteers just are uneasy about anything “investigational”
However, our past volunteers have participated because:
- Study related medications and procedures are provided at no charge to the participant or their insurers. Participants are also evaluated by licensed, board certified clinicians at no charge.
- There is usually a stipend paid to the subject to compensate for the additional time and travel of participation in the study. The actual stipend depends on the study but ranges from around $1000-$2000. It is important to note that the amount of the stipend is relative to the requirements of the participant and not related to the risk of participation.
- Participants are excited to be part of something new and cutting edge. Taking any medication has a risk but after finding the information, they decided the study was right for them. They also have a sense that they are helping others in a small way: If no one participates, new drugs are not available.
Please contact us so that we can address any questions or concerns you have. There is never an obligation and your information is kept strictly confidential.
- You will be provided with an Informed Consent Form (ICF) before we collect any data. This form has been reviewed by an Independent Ethics Review Board (IRB) that is overseen by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- The risks and benefits of participating in a trial vary widely between each trial and cannot be generally summarized. If you enroll on a trial, you will be informed of any changes to the risks and benefits as they become available as required by law. You will also have access to Idaho Research staff throughout the trial if you have additional questions.
- You will not be pressured to enroll in a study. You can take as much time as needed to discuss with your family or Primary Care Provider before participating.
- Your information will be kept confidential. Idaho Research is a HIPAA covered entity and complies with all local, state, and federal regulations. We will tell you what we are going to do with your information. If you no longer want us to use your information, simply let us know.
- Compensation is provided by check after completing study “milestones”. When and how much you are paid and when are described in the Informed Consent Form (ICF).
- Most clinical trials last from 6 months to 2 years, depending on the study. During this time, all study related activities (examinations, lab work, EKG’s, lung function tests, X-rays, study related medications, etc.) are provided at no charge to the volunteer.
See the links below under Additional Resources for more information about participating in a clinical trial and/or contact us for more information.