How Do I Find the Right Clinical Trial for Me?
Do Your Research to Find the Right Research
There are several ways to discover clinical research trial opportunities. To start, your primary care physician or specialist may know of opportunities. Their knowledge of your medical history and condition could assist in finding a study that suits you well.
Many also use ClinicalTrials.gov as a resource. This database, provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, lists privately and publicly funded clinical studies conducted around the world.
Support groups and local clinical trial registries may also have lists of trials to consider. Some opportunities are advertised on local traditional, digital and social media. Insight Clinical Trials specializes in studies that focus on mental health and neurological disorders. See the current studies we have at Insight Clinical Trials here.
For Alzheimer’s disease studies, two good resources are the Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation and Trial Match from the Alzheimer’s Association.
After You Find a Trial
Once you discover a clinical trial that interests you, contact the coordinator for that study for information on eligibility. They will share a detailed description of the clinical study and may have screening questions. You can learn more about how clinical trials are structured in our blog here.
Clinical Trial Screening
Prior to your participation in a health study, you’ll receive a medical screening to determine if you meet the trial’s participation criteria. This screening may include cognitive and/or physical assessments.
Some examples of inclusion criteria are:
Stage of the medical condition
Possible interactions with medications being taken
Having someone (a study partner) to help with transportation to and from the research center
Clinical trials often screen more participants than they require for the study, as this assures they will have sufficient volunteers.
If a person is excluded from a trial, it does not mean that they would not qualify for other studies. There are many different types of studies and each clinical trial has unique methodology for the type of participants needed for the research.
Keep Your Doctor Posted
If you haven’t already, be sure to inform your primary care physician or specialist that you are joining the clinical study. They may want to talk with the research team to ensure that the trial is a safe for any health condition(s) you may have and to help you avoid any drug interactions. They may also want regular updates about your progress through the clinical trial.
Insight Clinical Trials is one of the leading independent medical research institutes in Northern Ohio. We specialize in clinical research and treatment involving pain, depression, ADHD, Alzheimer’s, and other mental health disorders. Our team of medical experts stands ready to help participants access the latest medical interventions and healthcare.
Contact us today to learn more about what our clinical trials are, and any questions you may have.