What is clinical research?
Clinical trials, also called research studies, are sponsored by pharmaceutical companies. These clinical trials or research studies explore whether a medical strategy, treatment, or device is safe and effective for humans. The study of new and existing medications, as well as the collection of data during the conduct of a study, may improve the treatment of rheumatic diseases related to effectiveness and can improve patient safety.
Clinical trials are one of the final stages of a long and careful research process. When a new medication has passed initial animal and human trials, it is necessary to conduct clinical research with patients to gather information about the safety and effectiveness of that medication and any potential side effects it may produce before it is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Clinical trials are overseen by the FDA to ensure safe, appropriate conduct of the trials.
Why is clinical research important?
Clinical trials are a key research tool for advancing medical knowledge and patient care. They enable researchers to learn whether a new approach works well and is safe. Westroads Clinical Research is currently conducting clinical research on treatments for a variety of rheumatic conditions including Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout and Lupus to name just a few.
Why participate in a clinical trial?
Clinical research is crucial and we can’t do it alone. Patient volunteers help make new breakthroughs and treatments a reality. Under the care of our professional staff and board-certified Rheumatologist, our patient volunteers receive study medications, lab tests, x-rays and physical examinations at no cost. At the same time, study participants have access to more frequent exams and lab tests than they would generally receive as regular patients and have the opportunity to receive the most current treatments available. This can be of great benefit to patients who are uninsured or whose medications are not covered entirely by their insurance.
Who can participate?
Each clinical trial has inclusion and exclusion criteria that must be met to determine who is eligible to take part in a study. Because each trial examines the impact of a therapy or medication on different people, each trial can only include those people who meet the eligibility criteria.
Will I have to pay to participate in a clinical trial?
Study volunteers receive study medications, lab tests, x-rays and physical examinations throughout the length of the trial at no cost to them.
How long will I have to be in the study?
The time commitment may vary, depending on the study. Study participants may be reimbursed for time and travel.
What makes Westroads Clinical Research different?
Our experienced and caring clinical research team will be with you every step of the way – for exams, lab draws, diagnostic care, and infusion therapies. For your convenience, we offer on-site services, including: lab draws, digital X-ray, bone density testing, and infusion (intra-venous) therapies. Our board-certified Rheumatologist is onsite during clinic hours to oversee research and patient care.
If I agree to participate in a clinical trial, do I have to stay in the trial?
You are not obligated to stay in a clinical trial if you do not want to. You have the right to leave the study at any time.
How do I participate?
To see if you may qualify for a current research study or to have a member of our staff contact you regarding our current clinical studies, please complete the form below. We will make every effort to contact you within 48 hours.