What is a clinical trial?

A clinical trial (also clinical research) is a research study employing human volunteers to answer specific health questions. Carefully conducted clinical trials are the fastest and safest ways to find treatments that work in people and ways to improve health. Interventional trials determine whether experimental treatments or new ways of using known therapies are safe and effective under controlled environments. Observational trials address health issues in large groups of people or populations in natural settings.

Will I be charged for my participation?

All study procedures are performed at no cost to participants.

Is my participation in this study confidential? Who has access to my information?

A federal government rule has been issued to protect the privacy of patients. This rule was issued under a law called theĀ Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA). This rule designed to protect the confidentiality of one’s personal health information, which includes existing medical records needed for this study and new information created or collected during the study.

Study data will not include one’s name, address, social security number, or other information that directly identifies a person. Instead, the study team assigns a unique identifier (consisting of your initials and a code number) to one’s personal information. Study sponsors could have access to a subject’s personal information will not be disclosed to any outside authorities without his/her explicit written permission.

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