Frequently Asked Questions
What is a clinical trial?
Clinical research studies (often also called trials or protocols) are a method of developing new treatments and/or medications for diseases and conditions.
Why should I participate?
“The health of millions has been improved because of advances in science and technology, and the willingness of thousands of individuals like you to take part in clinical research. The role of volunteer subjects as partners in clinical research is crucial in the quest for knowledge that will improve the health of future generations. Without your help, the research studies at the Clinical Center cannot be accomplished.” (Provided by NIH, National Institute of Health)
Do I need medical insurance to participate?
No. Medical insurance is not required to participate in any clinical studies. If accepted for the trial, participants are provided study medication and medical care by our board certified/board eligible doctors and staff.
Does it cost me anything to participate?
No, there are no costs associated with participation. Participants that meet all study criteria are eligible to receive compensation for time and travel related to participation. Compensation varies from study to study.
Will I get a placebo or real medicine?
Some studies compare the medication being tested in one group against another group taking a placebo (a look-alike pill or tablet that has no active ingredient). You will be told if there is a placebo involved in the study you are considering enrolling in so you can make an informed decision about whether to enroll in the study.
Who conducts clinical research trials?
A board certified or board eligible medical doctor and or highly trained clinical research staff work together to provide you with medical oversight throughout your participation in the study.
Where are your offices located?
We have multiple facilities in the Tampa Bay area to include one Phase 1 Unit and Outpatient Research Site in Clearwater and one Outpatient Research Site in Tampa. See the About Us page for additional address information.
Are clinical trials safe?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has strict guidelines and regulations that help ensure the safety of clinical trials. The FDA is an agency of the United States government charged with, among other things, the oversight of the development of investigational drugs and medical devices. According to the FDA, “Carefully conducted clinical trials are the safest and fastest way to find treatments that work in people and new ways to improve health.”
How long is a clinical trial?
The commitment to a clinical trial varies from a few weeks to up to several years. You will be told during your initial visit exactly what is expected of you during the trial, so you can make a decision about whether or not you want to continue with the screening process.
How often can I participate in a clinical trial?
You may participate in one clinical trial at a time. A 30 day wait period is typically required before enrolling into another clinical trial.
How often do you add new trials?
We are continually adding new studies. Contact us if you don’t see the indication that you are interested in and we can check our pipeline of upcoming studies and/or add you to our database to contact once we have something that meets your needs.
What if you do not have a study that suits my needs?
We maintain a HIPAA compliant database that is only used by CRWF to identify potentially eligible patients for current and upcoming clinical trials. Should you not qualify for a current study, we will confirm that you would like to be added to our database, and we will contact you when something applicable is available.
What kind of studies are you currently offering?
Click here to see a list of all the studies offered at our locations.