Frequently Asked Questions
Clinical trials are research studies that involve people and test new ways to prevent, detect, diagnose, or treat diseases. All trials vary and pre-screening will take place to see if this is appropriate for you. At this time the trial will be explained in detail.
What is a research study or clinical trial?
Clinical trials are research studies that involve people and test new ways to prevent, detect, diagnose, or treat diseases. Many medical procedures and treatments used today are the result of past clinical trials.
The decision to take part in a clinical trial is a personal one. Your health care team and your loved ones, if you wish, can assist you in deciding whether or not a clinical trial is right for you. The final decision, however, is yours alone to make.
Why take part in a study or trial?
There are many reasons why people choose to join a clinical trial. Some join a trial because the treatments they have tried for their health problem did not work. Others participate because there is no treatment for their health problem. By being part of a clinical trial, participants may find out about new treatments before they are widely available. Some studies are designed for, or include, people who are healthy but want to help find ways to prevent a disease, such as one that may be common in their family.
Many people say participating in a clinical trial is a way to play a more active role in their own health care.
What are the benefits of taking part in a clinical trial?
- Trial participants have access to promising new procedures or treatments that are generally not available outside of a clinical trial.
- The new procedure or treatment being studied may be more effective than the current approach. If it is more effective, trial participants may be the first to benefit from it.
- Trial participants receive high-quality medical care from a research team that includes doctors, nurses, and other health professionals.
- The results of the trial may help other people who need medical care in the future.
- Trial participants are helping scientists learn which will lead to more advances.
What are the risks associated with a clinical trial?
- The new procedure or drug may not be better than what is currently available, or it may have side effects that doctors do not expect or that are worse than the side effects of the current usual approach.
- Trial participants may be required to make more visits to the doctor than they would if they were not in a clinical trial and/or need to travel farther for those visits.
- Some of the costs of participating in a trial may not be covered by health insurance
- Some study or trial participants are given a placebo, sometimes referred to as a sugar pill, or treated with a device which has little or no ability to alter the medical condition
About Neurovations Research
Neurovations Research, founded in 2010, is at the forefront of innovation in the field of pain and neuromodulation. CEO and founder Dr. Eric Grigsby has led clinical trials with more than fifty companies, partnering with industry leaders and early-stage companies in medical device (Phase I-IV) and pharmaceutical trials (Phase II-IV), including first-in-man medical device trials, double-blinded and placebo-controlled trials.