We applaud your choice to be leader in your community! Our staff can help you navigate you through the process and answer any questions you may have about clinical research. The entire medical community appreciates the medical heroes who partner with us to make new treatments possible for others!
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People participate in clinical research for a variety of reasons. Those who volunteer in Phase 2 and Phase 3 clinical trials can possibly gain access to potentially promising medicines long before they are approved for the marketplace. They typically will receive excellent care from the research physicians during the course of the study, which may also be free.
Safety is our first priority! All participants are monitored closely by a medical research physician and his team. We complete a thorough evaluation of each participant’s medical condition, including what medications are currently being taken. Participants are monitored very closely to keep any negative outcomes to the very minimum.
Patient rights and safety are protected in additional and important ways. First, physicians must obtain approval from an IRB (institutional review board) otherwise known as an ethics committee. Prospective study patients must review and sign a very detailed and thorough Informed Consent document.
It is imperative that you share all of your medical history and symptoms with us. This ensures safety for you as well as providing essential information when evaluating study results. All the information you share with us is 100% confidential. Volunteers are never identified by name, social security number, date of birth or any other identifying factor when analyzing data, reporting results to a sponsor or in an article.
An informed participant is the best patient! We encourage you to asked specific questions at any time in the process. Some good questions to start with include:
- How long will the trial last?
- Where is the clinical trial being conducted?
- What treatment is being used in the clinical trial and how?
- How will patient safety be monitored throughout the trial?
- Are there any risks involved? What are they?
- What are the alternative treatments available to me besides the ones being tested in the trial?
- Who is sponsoring this trial?
- Do I have to pay for any part of the trial?
- What happens if I am harmed in some way?
There are lots of reasons to participate, but even more benefits. When you are enrolled in a study at IAMResearch, you receive:
- VIP treatment: We strive at being the very best at customer service: no long waits, prompt responses to questions and a true focus on your care. We also promise you:Convenient appointment times
- Appointments scheduled without delay
- Ample appointment time
- Confirmation calls for next appointments
- Follow-up calls, cards, letters
- Transportation stipend or provided outright
- Notification of any laboratory, electrocardiographic, or other findings and updates
- Complete physical examination
- Complete and thorough diagnostic assessment
- Personalized care: Our process is more thorough than your basic doctor’s visit. We dig deep into your medical history and perform a full battery of screening tests, not only because we care but because the study protocols demand it! Clinical oversight means we take an interest in your total health, not just the disorder that brought you in the door. Because we screen for a variety of things, for example blood pressure, we can catch any other health concerns right away.
- Minimal cost or no cost access to care: You get support and medical supervision at no cost, whether or not you have insurance is not an issue.
- Possible compensation for travel and inconvenience: Some of our studies provide a small reimbursement for your travel expenses.
- Opportunity to benefit society and to help others: Your participation is vital to finding answers and solutions – perhaps for your own children some day.
- Increased understanding about disease process/illness: Our team of experts can fill in some of the blanks left by other providers. As leaders in the field of Alzheimer’s research, we are intimately involved with all aspects of the disease from diagnosis to progression to options for treatment
We understand – we drive in Atlanta traffic every day too! That’s why we are conveniently located just a half mile off GA 400, with plenty of free parking, and first floor access right in Alpharetta.
It is natural to feel a loss of control with a new diagnosis or when finding yourself as a caregiver. The good news is being part of a clinical trial lets you take back control and be an active participant, doing all you can to fight the progression of your disease.
Many patients and their caregivers can feel like they are victims of circumstance, asking why me? By being part of a clinical trial you are active, aligning yourself with the medical community and offering your help in developing solutions for not only yourself, but others like you and future generations. Help us research tomorrow’s treatments today!
Being an educated participant or consumer is the first step in the process! We are thrilled to share the information we have on groundbreaking studies and the state of current trials with you so you can help us get the word out!
The truth is that clinical trials are not a commonplace event in the lives of most people. Our team has been conducting clinical trials for new drugs for over two decades with tremendous success; we take pride in playing an important role in the advancement of medical research. We are trying hard to get awareness; we appreciate your help in getting the word out to the community that resources are available!
We do not take the place of your regular doctor and encourage you to continue your regular visits with your primary care doctor and other specialists you see.
The good news is that our team of experts can fill in some of the blanks left by other providers. As leaders in the field clinical trials we are intimately involved with all aspects of your disease/disorder from diagnosis to progression to options for treatment.
It is not necessary to have medical insurance to participate in our program. If you do, we would never charge your insurance. All of our programs require that you have a limited physical exam with our Nurse Practitioner or one of our physicians. We do not serve as your primary care physician and should not take his or her place, but for those of you who do not have insurance, we are happy to provide this service. Some of the programs require lab work and others require a general medical examination; the results of these tests are available to you to add to your personal medical record.
During your first call with us, our intake nurse will tell you about everything that will happen and give you a list of specific information you will need to bring with you. Your first appointment takes about three to four hours but subsequent visits only last 45 minutes to an hour. During that first visit, the research physician will go over your medical history and complete basic physical testing to assure that you are a good candidate for the study.
No, all of our studies require that you be 18 years old to participate.