You’ve gone through the recruiting process and have been accepted for a study, made it to the clinic and have checked in – so, now what? What is it like to participate in a clinical trial?
Here’s what a typical day looks like for participants.
Working with the research team
For this part of the process, you will work with your research team who will usually administer medication or complete the specific tasks your study entails. While each study is different, participants are typically required to provide blood or urine samples or allow medical personnel to monitor blood pressure or heart rate. Generally, specific times will be assigned for you to meet with your team, and you will have been informed of all the study specifics before agreeing to participate, so there should be no surprises.
You can find more about what the actual research tasks look like from the participant informational videos provided by the Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation.
Other than the time it takes to complete these tasks and any monitoring or questioning that follows, the rest of the time is usually essentially all yours to relax and enjoy.
Time to relax and enjoy
How will you spend your day during the trial? Probably much like you would while on vacation. Clinics offer amenities for participants, often including board games, wireless internet, TVs, pool tables, movies, and more.
Whether you are a reader, the productive type who wants to get started on a work project on your laptop, or you just want to listen to music or watch a movie and relax – clinics usually try to make their guests feel comfortable and entertained during their trial.
Ready to get started?
DaVita Clinical Research (DCR) recruiters will be able to answer many more specific questions about the types of studies available, how much you can get paid for these studies, and what a typical study day looks like. When you are ready to get started, you can go here to find out more about specific DCR trials.
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.