After you have been confirmed for the selected study, you will be notified of the dates, times, and other specifics you need to prepare for your time in the clinic. Once there, checking in and getting settled is usually a breeze. Here’s what that check-in process usually looks like:
During check-in, staff will likely introduce you to some of your medical team, show you around the area you will be staying (and sleeping if it is an overnight trial), and will help you to get anything you may need that the research facility can provide. Depending on the study, you may have another health screen when you arrive; for example, if the study requires participants to be on no other medications, there may be a blood check to confirm that you still meet the eligibility criteria.
Once you’re checked in for the study, getting settled will be easy as most clinics offer amenities to help their guests feel comfortable and entertained, such as board games, pool tables, movies, and more. While most studies allow cell phone use and have plenty of internet and connectivity options, many studies will not allow guests to visit the participant in the clinic.
What’s it like to participate in a clinical trial?
You should be in contact with your recruiter each step of the way, so you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have had before coming in for the trial. However, during the checking in process you are encouraged to ask as many additional questions as you can think of. Learn what questions the National Institute of Health says clinical trial participants should ask.
Participating with DaVita Clinical Research
DaVita Clinical Research has been conducting studies for 30 years, and our studies are always conducted by medically trained staff including doctors and nurses.
Speak to a recruiter and find out more about DaVita Clinical Research and if participation in a clinical trial is right for you.
Disclaimer: Phase 1 (in-patient) clinical trials are not intended to treat a disease or condition. Phase 3 (out-patient) clinical trials may help treat an existing disease or condition. The information presented in this blog may be referring to either a phase 1 clinical trial or to a phase 3 clinical trial or to both. If you contact us regarding a trial, be sure to speak with the recruiter about whether or not the trial is intended to treat a condition.