Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What type of studies are there and what is a placebo?

There are several types of studies the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the Pharmaceutical Company (the organization sponsoring the study) have agreed to perform. Some are Blinded/Masking and others are Comparator. The informed consent title will tell you which type of study you are being asked to participate in.

What happens next?

Once you have made your decision to participate, a study coordinator will be assigned to your care and will work directly with your physician (the research team). It is the coordinator’s responsibility to schedule and attend all study-related appointments and procedures.

It is very important you answer all questions truthfully and trust this person. The research team will ask about your past and present medical history, medications, social history, and other information required by the study. It is imperative you keep the research team updated about all visits to other physicians or changes in your medications while a study participant. The team will be available to answer any questions or talk about nay problems day or night, as needed.

What happens after the study is completed?

All information gathered throughout the study will be provided to your family physician and other doctors upon your request. If additional treatment for your medical condition is needed, you will be advised on whom to see for a follow-up.

The research team will no longer be needed to coordinate your care but still available for questions or concerns if the need should arise.