Virtua Research FAQs

What is a research study?

Research is a systematic investigation into an issue with the hope of producing facts and conclusions. In healthcare, research can be analyzing data, collecting information through a survey or questionnaire, or enrolling patients into a clinical trial.

What is a clinical trial?

Clinical trials are research studies used to look at new ways to treat, prevent, or detect diseases. The data collected helps us understand potential side effects, interactions with other medications, and the effectiveness of the study product. Clinical trials are highly regulated with strict safety and ethical guidelines.

Why should I participate in a clinical trial?

When volunteers take part in clinical research, they help researchers and physicians learn more about medical conditions and treatments and improve outcomes for people in the future.

What is involved in participating in a clinical trial?

Clinical trials can be observational or interventional. Observational trials collect information and usually require minimal time and few, if any, research related procedures. In interventional trials, the patient is receiving some kind of treatment and usually require more research related visits and procedures. Each trial is different. Study related procedures might include physical exams, questionnaires, bloodwork, and ECGs.

Will I be paid for my participation?

Some trials offer reasonable compensation for time and travel. These amounts vary from trial to trial.

Will it cost me anything to participate?

All research study related office visits, procedures, tests, and treatment are free of charge and do not require use of your medical insurance. You may however be billed for routine care that you would normally receive from your physician.

Will the study visits be flexible with my schedule?

We will make every effort possible to make the visits accommodating to your schedule.

Can I withdraw my participation once I agree to participate?

All research studies are completely voluntary and you may withdraw at any time. We ask that you communicate with our study staff so we can ensure you are withdrawn from the study safely.

What are the possible risks or side effects of being in a clinical trial?

Possible risks will vary for each specific trial and can range from minor risks to major risks. Risks and side effects are always disclosed and thoroughly explained in an informed consent document provided to you before you agree to participate. You are given adequate time to review the consent form and ask questions to the research staff, physician, or any other specialists or family members you wish to consult.