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The Benefits of Clinical Research Participation

Access to new care options

Clinical trials give patients early access to cutting-edge innovations, giving you additional options to consider.

Personalized experience from your trusted care team

Throughout the trial, you’ll have the support of a team dedicated to your research journey as well as your overall health and wellbeing.

Lower healthcare costs – even if you’re uninsured

Clinical trials are often offered at no cost for patients, and you may even be compensated for your time and travel expenses.

The opportunity to make an impact

Research takes years. By participating in a clinical trial, you’ll make a lasting difference for generations to come.

For John Reaves, participating in a COVID-19 clinical trial was about more than his personal wellbeing; it was about the greater good. As a strong advocate for overcoming the lack of diversity in clinical trials, watch as John shares why people of color should join him in “being part of the solution.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Clinical research is how we get new therapies, devices and medications to the general public. Clinical trials test the safety and effectiveness of the medicines and devices created by biopharmaceutical companies. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves all medicines and devices before they become available to consumers.

  • Clinical research can benefit you in the near-term, as well as help others in the future. By participating in clinical trials, you receive highly attentive care, including diagnostic assessments that may not otherwise be available. Your cost of care can be offset, and your treatment could potentially lead to improved health outcomes.

    Results from clinical trials help determine if a medicine or medical device is ready to go to market, or if it needs more testing. As a patient, you have an opportunity to contribute to medical advancements simply by participating in clinical research.

  • Each clinical trial has different eligibility requirements relevant to the scope and purpose of the trial. Patients of all ages, racial and ethnic groups are needed for clinical trials. Diversity of participants is important to ensure the results can be applied to our diverse population.

  • It depends on the trial and what the pharmaceutical company has approved. It does not cost the participant any money to participate in a clinical trial. Some clinical trial sponsors will pay for participants’ travel costs. Javara partners with Uber Health to provide prepaid patient transportation to study visits to make clinical research more convenient.

  • While studies have strict protections, there is always a balance of risk and reward to any clinical study. Be sure to discuss your concerns with the research study team as well as your physician. If you decide to enroll in a trial, you will receive all the information necessary to give permission prior to any procedure or treatment. The informed consent documents also include a description of the procedure or treatment, potential risks or benefits, probable duration of any incapacitation, and alternatives.

  • The research study team should be able to tell you the details of the trial schedule if you are considering taking part in a clinical trial. The duration of some trials may last a few years, but the number of visits may only be a few times per year. For other trials, participants may need to visit more frequently or keep a journal between visits. Consider the benefits of participation versus how much time you may need to devote. Learn how long each study visit will take and what you’ll be doing during your visit from the study team.

  • Health insurance plans are required by federal law to cover routine patient care costs in clinical trials if certain conditions are met. These conditions include:

    • Trial participants must meet certain eligibility requirements.
    • Clinical trials must be approved.
    • Out-of-network doctors and hospitals are not included in the trial if your insurance plan does not cover out-of-network care.

    Additionally, most health plans cannot deny you benefits or refuse to let you participate in an approved clinical trial. (source cancer.gov)

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