Participating in a Clinical Research Study:
Women have special health needs that often aren't represented by the research involving men. Clinical research can involve observation of healthy women, preventative care, or treatment of disorders with investigational or established interventions. All types of people are needed for research, from those who have been diagnosed with certain diseases to others who are completely healthy.
All volunteers receive detailed information regarding the risks and benefits of participation in each study. We welcome all questions and concerns you may have, as is important to us that you are comfortable and aware of all aspects involved with being a research volunteer. You always maintain the option of discontinuing your participation at any time.
If you’re interested in participating in a research study, initial contact by telephone will help our staff answer any questions you may have and determine if you would be eligible to participate. Click here to find out more about our currently enrolling research studies. or use this form to be entered into our confidential recruitment database.
Research Registration & Medical History Forms
Thank you for completing these registration forms in advance of your appointment. Please contact us at 206-522-3330 with any questions. If you do not have an appointment, please contact us to schedule prior to completing these forms:
What is a clinical trial?
A clinical trial is a carefully designed study that involves people like you who volunteer to receive investigational treatments under close supervision by a physician and other research professionals. All clinical trials are independently reviewed by Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), which are independent committees whose job is to make sure your rights are fully protected and that you are not exposed to any unnecessary risks. Clinical trials are conducted in three phases, which have different purposes and help researchers answer different questions.
Who sponsors clinical trials?
Clinical trials are sponsored or funded by a variety of organizations or individuals such as physicians, medical institutions, foundations, voluntary groups, and pharmaceutical companies, in addition to federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Defense (DOD), and the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA). Trials can take place in a variety of locations, such as hospitals, universities, doctors' offices, or community clinics.
Many of Seattle Women’s research studies are sponsored by leading pharmaceutical companies that are seeking to develop investigational treatments for various health issues. Other studies are looking at new uses for FDA approved medications.
Does it cost anything to participate? Will I be paid to participate in the study?
All participants in a clinical trial are volunteers and do not pay to take part in the study. Qualified participants will receive all investigational medication and study related medical exams at no cost. You may also receive compensation for time and travel.
Definitions & Terms:
A study using an "investigational medication” indicates that you may receive a medication that has not been FDA approved for the indication of the trial. This means you could receive a new drug or a drug being tested for use other than what it was FDA approved to treat. A study using a "placebo" means that you may receive either the study medication or an inactive (sugar) pill. In some cases, there is a chance of not receiving any drug treatment for the duration of your participation.
What should people consider before participating in a trial?
People should know as much as possible about the clinical trial and feel comfortable asking the members of the health care team questions about it, the care expected while in a trial, and the cost of the trial. The following questions might be helpful for the participant to discuss with the health care team. Some of the answers to these questions are found in the informed consent document.
I'm interested! What's next?
You can also use this form to be entered into our confidential recruitment database. Let us know what you're interested in and we can contact you in the future when we have a good fit!
[Source: http://clinicaltrials.gov ]