Why should I join a clinical study?
The development of new treatments for dermatologic conditions can only occur through research. Joining a clinical study helps doctors and scientists learn what treatments work best. When you volunteer to participate in a study, you improve doctors’ ability to diagnosis, prevent and treat medical conditions.
What is Informed Consent?
Informed Consent is the process used to give you essential information about a research study before you decide to join a study.
To help you decide if you want to participate, members of the research team will explain the details of the study to you. This includes an explanation of the study’s purpose, a description of all study procedures, the time it will take for the procedures, how long the study will last, and the benefits and the risks of participating in the study.
You will be asked to sign a written document, called an Informed Consent Form, that contains all this information. You will be given a copy of the Informed Consent Form after both you and the study investigator sign it.
Joining a study is Voluntary
Joining a study is up to you. Even after you join, you can leave the study at any time.
Who can join a study?
Every study has unique factors, called eligibility criteria, for who can participate in it. The study investigator will ensure that you are eligible before any study procedures begin.
What is Expected of Me?
If you decide to join a study, you will be asked to sign the Informed Consent Form. Additionally, you will be asked to come back to PHDermatology at the study specific timepoints.
If the study includes the use of medication, you will be asked to use the medication as directed by the study investigator. If the study includes the use of patient diaries, you will be asked to complete the diaries and bring the diaries to study visits as directed by the study investigator. The Informed Consent Form will outline all your study responsibilities. You will be given a copy of the signed Informed Consent Form.
What will happen to me if I join a study?
The exact procedures of a specific study will be explained to you during the informed consent discussion. The Informed Consent Form will detail the study procedures. You will be given a copy of the signed Informed Consent Form.