At Colorado Primary Health Care, our primary care physicians offer a full range of family medicine and primary care services in Littleton, CO. We are dedicated to your well-being and providing the latest advances in medical science. Our team works to provide clinical trial opportunities to our patients whenever possible.
Patients who take part in a clinical trial may have the opportunity to receive a new type of medicine or treatment option which may improve their health, and that is only available to patients who join the trial. Participants in clinical research have the opportunity to be a part of history in aiding to find better ways of preventing and treating illnesses in the future.
What outcome can I expect?
Researchers hope that the new treatments provided during clinical trials will be better than the existing ones, but there is always the chance they will not work as expected. No one can tell you with certainty how a research study will affect you. Even if the trial does not help you directly, your participation may provide valuable information that will help others in the future.
Understanding the Potential Risks
It is important to understand that along with potential benefits; there are also potential risks associated with participating in any clinical research study. Clinical trials may not work for every patient, and while in a clinical study, patients may have side effects. Many side effects go away after treatment ceases, but side effects can be severe in some cases.
Deciding whether to take part in a research study is a very personal decision, and it is best to seek the input of your family and primary care provider.
How the Clinic Trial Process Works
First, we will qualify you to ensure you are a good fit. Next, we will provide you with the trial start date.
As part of the clinical study process, you will be asked to provide some background health information, including past diagnostic tests, lab results, and potentially a DNA test.
You will be required to attend regular check-ins as part of the trial. The frequency of the check-ins will vary according to the specific study but can range from daily, weekly, or monthly.
The average clinical trial length is between four and six months.
To learn more about clinical studies, regulations, and safeguards, along with how participants are protected, visit ClinicalTrials.Gov.
All patients at Colorado Primary Health Care can be considered for a clinical trial, but not everyone is eligible to participate. Every clinical trial has specific requirements that participants must meet, which may include age, gender, and medical history.
The decision to take part in a clinical trial is a deeply personal decision. Our team is committed to providing you with the information you need to make an informed decision.
Before agreeing to participate in a clinical research study, you will want to understand the applicable trial fully. Below are some questions to ask before participating in a study:
- What is the study about?
- How long will the study last?
- What happens at each visit?
- Can I take my regular medication while I am participating?
Yes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversees clinical trials to ensure the trials are designed, conducted, analyzed, and reported according to federal law and good clinical practice (GCP) regulations.
There are five different types of clinical trials in which you could participate.
- Trials testing experimental treatments or new combinations of drugs.
- Prevention trials testing new approaches to prevent disease.
- Diagnostic trials that aim to find better diagnostic approaches for discovering illnesses.
- Screening trials which evaluate how to better detect certain health conditions early on.
- Quality of life trials that explore ways to improve the quality of life for individuals with a chronic illness.
Advances in health care would not be possible without individuals who volunteer to take part in research. Colorado Primary Health Care wants you to have the information to make the best possible decision.
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