This short and informative video will give you an overview of clinical trials.
Research patient consent process
Dr. Pinky Agarwal of the EvergreenHealth Neuroscience Institute talks about the consent process for patients considering participation in a clinical trial.
Selecting a clinical trial
Dr. Pinky Agarwal of the EvergreenHealth Neuroscience Institute explains the process around selecting clinical trials for patients.
What our patients say about the clinical trial experience at EvergreenHealth
For more information
If you would like to learn more about basics of clinical trials or further information about your condition, check these links at the National Institutes of Health website:
You will be given plenty of information about the study, including the Informed Consent Form which will outline the trial, any risks and benefits, and what parts of the trial are considered experimental. You will take this informed consent document home with you and consider the study for at least 24 hours before we call you again to screen for a trial.
We'll discuss any available alternative treatments outside the scope of the clinical trial that will be advantageous.
We'll explain how we keep your medical information confidential.
When participating in clinical trials at EvergreenHealth, it is most important to know that participation is entirely voluntary. This means that at any time you are able to:
- disclose to your doctor that you're not interested in the trial
- withdraw from the study at any time, without a penalty or loss of benefits to which you are entitled
In other words, the choice to participate in a trial is yours.
Here's what you can expect if you participate in a clinical trial at EvergreenHealth:
During the clinical trial, you may have additional lab tests, physical exams or procedures than you would normally receive for your care; this additional work is done to keep track of your progress in the trial. If these items are beyond the scope of your regularly scheduled care, we will seek payment from the research sponsor so you are not charged a fee.
Clinical trial medications may be involved, depending on the study. If during the course of the trial the study doctor determines that your risk of participating outweighs the benefit of being in the trial, they may choose to terminate your participation. This is done to ensure the highest patient safety standards.
We understand participating in clinical trials requires time and effort on your end, so we work with each research sponsor to provide a small stipend to pay for incidental costs you may incur. Stipends are not guaranteed and are variable on each study.