General Questions

What is a clinical research study?

Clinical research studies are the primary way that researchers use to determine if a new treatment like a medication, diet or device is safe and effective in treating or diagnosing disease in patients. These studies are conducted under rigorous U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines. Prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications, devices and treatments have been through the clinical research study process.

Why should I participate in clinical research?

Participating in research can be a rewarding experience. Not only do you have access to leading healthcare professionals, potentially cutting-edge treatments and high standards of care, you are also helping to bring new, safe and effective treatments and cures to patients around the world. Plus, as a research study participant, you will learn more about your medical condition empowering you to take charge of your health.

What are the added benefits of participating in research at Care Access Research?

Care Access Research has partnered with physician practices across multiple disciplines so that we can bring research as a care option to local communities. It is possible that many physicians in your area or your own doctor are already offering research as a care option to their patients through a partnership with us. When your physician is active in clinical research, you can continue to be under his or her care while participating. This adds a level of comfort and peace of mind to patients.

What if I don’t qualify?

To participate in clinical research, you must meet specific eligibility criteria. These criteria or characteristics must be shared by all participants to ensure that the outcome of the trial is due to what is being studied and no other factors. If you do not meet all of the criteria, you will not be allowed to participate. But don’t worry. New research study opportunities become available frequently. To be considered for future studies, complete this database registry form so that we may contact you when new studies are available. You can also always check back on our website at

What questions should I ask before I participate in a research study?

What is the purpose of the study?

How can I involve my physician in the care I receive?

Does the study involve a placebo or a treatment that is already on the market?

Will I be reimbursed for travel or childcare expenses?

Do I have to pay for any part of the study?

What if something happens while I am enrolled in the study?

What if I decide to withdraw from the study?

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