Welcome Volunteers! 

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We’re so glad you’re interested in volunteering for a research study. This page contains information that we hope will be helpful to you as you undergo the process of deciding whether or not participation is right for you. As always, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about the volunteer process.

What is Clinical Research? Clinical Research is a research study that provides human volunteers an opportunity to help the medical community find answers to specific health concerns, discover new treatments, improve health and to examine the effectiveness of current medical products and procedures. Got more questions? Explore the rest of our Volunteer Resources and then get in touch if you still have unaddressed concerns.

 

Your Role

A volunteer’s role is important to researchers in understanding specific health issues.  During our gathering of general medical information, it becomes the volunteer’s responsibility to provide accurate information about their health, medication, and family’s medical history.  All information obtained is held confidential and is used to properly qualify patients for a study. Once a volunteer qualifies for the study of interest and is enrolled, full participation of the following will aid in successful study results:
 
 
  • Attend all scheduled visits and take the study-related medication as instructed (if supplied)
  • Follow the study-related procedures as instructed
  • Complete written or electronic diaries (if required)
  • Alert our staff for any adverse effects
  • Report any medical changes or new medications

To express your interest to volunteer, feel free to contact us using any of the following:

  • 24-hour Volunteer Hotline 757-627-6798
  • 402 Medical Tower – 400 Gresham Drive   Norfolk, Virginia 23507

 

About Participating 

People participate in clinical research trials for a variety of reasons. In various phases of clinical research trials, volunteers can gain access to promising medication long before these compounds are on the market.  In addition to gaining access to medication, volunteers also receive treatment from a licensed physician and are often eligible for compensation to assist with travel expenses during the course of the study. Our goal at Clinical Research Associates of Tidewater is to provide quality research without compromising the safety and rights of our volunteers.  Patients’ rights and safety are protected in two important ways:

First – Any physician awarded a research grant by a pharmaceutical company must obtain approval to conduct the study from an Institutional Review Board. The review board is responsible for examining the study to ensure that the volunteers’ rights are protected, and the study does not present any undue or unnecessary risk to the patient.

Second– Anyone volunteering to participate in a clinical trial in the United States is required to sign an “Informed Consent” form. The purpose of this form is to provide details about the study, the risks associated with the study medication, and what procedures the volunteer will undergo during the course of the study.   Volunteers considering participation in clinical research should discuss it with their primary care physicians or medical caregivers. Also, volunteers should not hesitate to ask the following questions when participating in a clinical research trial:

  • How long with the trial last?
  • What treatments will be used and how?
  • What is the main purpose of the trial?
  • Who will monitor patient safety?
  • What are the risks involved?
  • What are the possible benefits?
  • What are the alternative treatments?
  • Who is sponsoring this clinical trial?
  • Is there any cost to the volunteer?
  • What happens if you are injured in the trial?
  • Can I discontinue my participation at any time?

 

To express your interest to volunteer, feel free to contact us using any of the following:

  • http://diysm.com/contactus/
  • 24-hour Volunteer Hotline 757-627-6798
  • 402 Medical Tower – 400 Gresham Drive   Norfolk, Virginia 23507
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