Research studies, also known as clinical trials, are required before any new drug or device is approved for widespread use. During a study, new treatments are evaluated by research professionals in order to determine if they are safe and effective treatment methods. Here at Ora Recruiting, we understand that the decision to participate in clinical research is not a simple one.  While we have committed ourselves to clinical research and have great confidence in the products under our care, we also understand that weighing the pros and cons of study participation can be challenging.

So, let’s talk about it. We are here to help you and want to share more about the enrollment process so you can learn what to expect in addition to some of the benefits of participating in clinical research.

The enrollment process:

The most important thing you should know when deciding whether or not to participate in a clinical trial is this: participation is voluntary. We want you to make an informed decision based on discussions with your physician, our experts, and with your loved ones. We will work with you every step of the way to ensure that you have all the information you need to make this decision.

People of all ages, races, and gender can volunteer to take part in a clinical trial. Some studies look for healthy individuals, some look for individuals with specific conditions, and there are many studies that look for both.  At Ora Recruiting, we primarily focus on ophthalmology research, meaning many of our studies will be related to your eyes in some way.

Should you be interested in participating in a study, the first step is to speak with one of our clinical trial specialists. Each study is different and has a unique screening protocol. A screening protocol is designed to ensure that you are the right fit for the study. Our specialists will ask a series of questions about your health, lifestyle, and general demographic information. The questions may also be based on criteria that could exclude you from participation for safety reasons. Your safety is our #1 priority and we want to make sure that the study is an appropriate fit for you.

Once you have been screened and are qualified, you are eligible to move forward with the clinical trial. We encourage you to ask questions of our staff and the physicians running the study. It is our job to give you all the information you need to make an informed decision as to whether to participate in clinical research.

The benefits:

So now the “Why”?  We believe there are many benefits to clinical trial participation and the best source to hear the inside scoop is from other participants like you. Below are some of the reasons why our patients chose to participate in eye care clinical trials with Ora.

Hope for relief: Many individuals seek out clinical trials because they have been plagued with a disease over an extended period of  time, oftentimes with pain or discomfort that is unresponsive to currently available treatments. Clinical trials offer study participants the hope that they may be relieved of their symptoms and have an enhanced quality of life. Participating in a clinical trial also allows you to play an active role in your health care.

Contribute to science: Every prescription and over-the-counter drug available on the market has gone through the clinical trial process in order to be approved by the FDA. By participating in a clinical trial, you are playing a pivotal role in making scientific discoveries and creating potential breakthrough treatment options. As a study participant, you are part of a group effort to get a new drug approved. By doing so, you are also helping many others in your same position find relief. Children need access to new medications as well and some studies are designed specifically for children in order to make sure a treatment is safe and effective for both adults and children.

Access to new treatments: The worlds of technology and medicine have collided and clinical trials have led way to some incredibly innovative and cutting-edge therapeutic options. As a clinical trial participant, you may receive access to these experimental therapies. This is especially valuable for those who suffer from conditions without viable treatment options or for those who have not found success with the current standard of care. It is important to remember that you will be closely monitored by trained medical staff throughout the duration of any clinical trial to ensure that you are safe at all times.

Make friends and join a community: Living with a disease or condition can sometimes be lonely. It can be difficult for your loved ones to truly understand what you are going through and how it affects your quality of life. By choosing to participate in a clinical trial, you will likely find a group of individuals who are experiencing many of the same things you are. It can be helpful to be surrounded by a community who can relate to you and share the experience of participating in medical research.

Compensation: Your time is valuable, and we understand that. We appreciate the time and effort you put into a clinical trial and many studies offer compensation for your time spent as a clinical trial volunteer. You are compensated by check and the length of time it takes to receive payment is outlined in the Informed Consent.

It’s important that you have total confidence in your decision to participate. Know that we will support you each step of the way and that your safety is always at the forefront of everything we do. If you would like more information, or to talk to one of our clinical trial specialists, please give us a call, toll free at 1-866-393-3767. We are here for you!