Why would I want to join a study and not get seen/treatment in the clinic?
Most times, patients will receive more in depth and detailed care as well as close supervision from the research coordinator while enrolled in a clinical trial. This is due to amount of data and feedback that needs to be collected during a trial to get new treatments on the market. Your honest feedback helps to provide the evidence to support the safety and effectiveness of these various treatments. Clinical trials also give providers more options for their patients.
What do I have to do if enrolled into a study?
In general, be honest and forthcoming about your medical history and your experience during the study. Show up to all of the required appointments, as this helps provide more accurate data. Remember to bring certain items to your appointments if required, this may include a medication list, or supplies given at previous visits.
How many visits will there be?
The amount of visits will vary from study to study. Some clinical trials are only a day and some last for weeks, months, or years.
How long are the visits?
The length of each visit varies per study.
What are the benefits of participating in a clinical trial?
You may or may not receive any direct benefit from a study. Results from a study treatment can vary from person to person. The study may help with your symptoms but that cannot be guaranteed. However, your honest feedback is very beneficial to the future of new medical treatments.
How will the treatments vary from standard of care treatments?
There isn’t much variance from standard of care treatment when you participate in a trial except that you may come to the clinic more often or have more procedures performed during the visit. However, this is beneficial, as you are receiving more in-depth care during a trial than you would otherwise.
What are the side effects to the study treatment?
Side effects will vary from trial and indication.
Will I be compensated?
Many studies do offer compensation for your time and travel, but this is not always a guarantee.
What will happen if I don’t want to continue to be in the study?
It is your choice to participate in a study and you are free to withdraw at any time. Discontinuation from the trial will in no way effect your regular medical care. If you do choose to withdraw from a study, you will need to inform your study doctor or research coordinator as soon as possible. If there are any supplies required for the study, you may be asked to return those to the study site.
What kind of clinical trials are available?
We offer clinical trials for many urologic indications such as overactive bladder (OAB), benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), male and female sexual dysfunction, interstitial cystitis (IC), bladder cancer, prostate cancer, etc. We do not always have a study enrolling for each indication, but you are always welcome to contact us to be put on a list for a future study.
Adult & Pediatric Urology in Omaha, NE
Our Clinical Research Department was developed to fulfill our mission to provide high-quality patient centered care. When existing treatments fail or significantly lower your quality of life we seek out new, safe methods that give you more options and make further advancements in the fields of urology and urogynecology.
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