Why participate in a research project?
Clinical studies are conducted to find new ways to treat diseases or even prevent or detect them. These treatments could be new medicine, surgical procedures, medical devices or a new way to use treatments that already exist.
The aim of conducting clinical trials is to make sure that the new treatments are safe to use and work accordingly. Furthermore, some clinical trials also include aspects of how quality of life for people with chronic illness is affected by the treatment. Throughout the duration of the clinical study, each participant is guided and treated professionally by qualified specialists, among these doctors and nurses. It is very important for us that you feel professionally and safely treated and therefore, all clinical studies are approved by the Research Ethics Committees (REC) within the EU, USA's Institutional Review Boards (IRB), and Health Canada's Research Ethics Board (REB) to protect you as a participant by monitoring the clinical study that you are part of throughout the clinical study process.
It is voluntary to participate in a clinical study. If you do not wish to participate after agreeing to participate, this is fully respected, and you are free to quit anytime you want to. Once you have decided to participate, you will have to sign an 'informed consent' document and the doctor provides you with extensive and necessary information about what is required of you as a participant throughout the study, as well as information about possible risks, side effects and potential benefits of the current study.
If you have some questions that you want to be clarified, you can review them with us and with health personnel.