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What to Expect

If you have never participated in a clinical research trial and are interested in learning more about possibly volunteering for one at our site, we would like to provide you with some information to help get you started. Here are some simple answers to the questions that are most often asked by new volunteers.

Clinical research trials are conducted to obtain information used to determine the safety and effectiveness of a new drug, device, or treatment. The US FDA must review information from these clinical trials and then decide if the drug, device, or treatment should be approved and made available to patients on the market.

There is never any kind of monetary or financial cost for patients who participate in a clinical trial. All trial related medical care, including study medication, lab work, diagnostic tests, and physician evaluations are provided at no cost and without any charges to insurance.

Compensation is typically provided to help reimburse time and travel expenses associated with trial participation.

All clinical trials conducted in the Unites States must be reviewed and approved by an independent ethical review board (called an IRB) prior to starting and throughout the duration of the trial. These review boards are made up of people from a variety of professions such as doctors, teachers, and religious leaders and who have no affiliation with any pharmaceutical companies.

Ethical review boards evaluate all aspects of the research trial and make sure that it is following the guidelines and procedures required to protect the safety and well-being of patients who volunteer for clinical research trials.

If you think that you might be interested in participating in a clinical trial at our site or simply want to learn more about what types of trials we do, you can either fill out our Patient Inquiry Form on our homepage or call our office at 541-858-1018 (ext. 0) and ask to speak with one of our friendly study coordinators. We have a highly experienced staff that will be more than happy to talk with you and answer any questions that you might have.

In most cases, we would invite you in for a free general screening visit where we would do a quick review of your medical history and ask about what medications you are taking. If you are interested in participating in one of our respiratory studies for Asthma or COPD, we would also offer to do a free breathing test to help give us an idea of how your breathing is doing.

These general screening visits are quick (usually around 30 minutes) and give us the information that we need to determine what studies you may be eligible to potentially participate in.

If you decide that you want to participate in a clinical trial, one of our study coordinators would go over an informed consent form with you. The informed consent form gives you all of the details about the study including the type of medication being evaluated, the procedures that will be performed, and the potential side effects of the medication and procedures.

You can then use this information to decide if you would like to proceed or not. If you decide that you would like to continue, we would have you sign the informed consent form to confirm your willingness to volunteer. You would receive a copy of the signed consent form for your records.

You are always welcome to take as much time as you need to decide and can bring the unsigned consent form home with you to think about it more or discuss it with family members. You can also always decide that you don’t want to participate in the trial and there would then be no further visits scheduled or obligations from you.

Participation in a clinical research trial is completely voluntary. You always have the right to withdraw from a trial at any time and for any reason. There is never any kind of pressure from our staff to make you feel that you should continue on a trial if you don’t want to.

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