Trials4patients Richmond Pharmacology volunteer recruitment

Frequently asked questions

Do I have to stay in the Unit during a study?

Some studies may require you to stay in our unit typically between 2-7 days this is for your safety and well being. Other studies may require out patient visits only. The commitments of a particular trial will be explained to you before you are asked to give written consent to participate. If we require patient volunteers to stay in the Unit for the duration, we make sure you have the best possible medical supervision while taking part. Sometimes we will ask you to refrain from smoking or drinking alcohol for example, and by asking you to remain in the Unit we can make sure these requirements are complied with. In addition, some studies may be conducted on an out-patient basis. During the length of these studies we will ask you to visit our units for dosing and for medical checkups. For example you might have a day case operation and you would find it helpful to have your meals cooked and to have someone looking after you.

Will I be paid for taking part?

The answer is yes! The payment is proportional to the time you spend on a study, so for example, you will be paid a lot more if you take part in a 2-week study with lots of extra visits than if you take part in a single overnight study.

Will I have to give blood during the study?

The majority of studies will require some amount of blood (and urine) sampling. There will also be other tests throughout the study, we will make you aware of any other investigations and give you the opportunity to ask any questions or even ask for a demonstration.

Can I take part if I am on medications from my doctor?

Usually the answer is yes! Different protocols have different requirements, and some studies may be specifically designed to include you taking prescribed medication. A specialist in your condition will decide what you should continue to do.

I'm female and take the contraceptive pill, can I take part?

Yes! We require that all females of child bearing potential who take part in clinical trials are using at least two contraceptive methods from which one must be a barrier method (condom or occlusive cap [diaphragm or cervical/vault caps] used with spermicidal foam/gel/film/cream/suppository) throughout the duration. This may be the pill, implantable/injectable contraceptives, or documented sterilisation. We will also test you for pregnancy before and during a trial.

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