We understand that you may have questions before making your decision to volunteer for our clinical trials. Here are some questions and answers to help you make an informed decision.
Why should I participate in a study?
There are many rewarding reasons why you should volunteer to become a study participant. By participating in a clinical trial, you are contributing to the future of healthcare as well as potentially improving the quality of life for people around the world. In addition, you also will be compensated for your time.
Is it safe to participate?
All of Cliantha Winnipeg’s studies are minimal risk. Minimal risk means that there is no additional risk to you then if you were to buy anything at your local supermarket and try yourself for the first time. All potential risks will be outlined in your Informed Consent Form and study staff will always go over these risks. We will ensure further safety by doing two (2) phases of screening: telephone via recruitment officers and again at Screening / Visit 1 by technicians. Of course, we count on our participants to be completely honest when giving their medical histories. Our facilities are built specifically to accommodate clinical trials by offering a safe environment with licensed medical professionals who oversee studies throughout the duration of the program.
Are studies regulated?
All studies conducted by Cliantha Research adhere to the safety guidelines issued by Health Canada and other global regulatory agencies. In addition, clinical trial protocols are reviewed and approved by an Ethics committee or Institutional Review Board. This committee ensures that participants are not put in undue risk and that the research organization has proper safety measures.
Are there any age restrictions?
Each study is different and is dependent on the Inclusion & Exclusion criteria. The inclusion and exclusion criteria are set by the protocols not Cliantha. Recruitment will screen you over the phone to see if you initial qualify based on these criteria before setting up an appointment for screening at our facility. ID is required at each study visit.
What happens in clinical studies?
We conduct studies that look at a products reaction and effectiveness in healthy individuals, and in those who may have conditions that require a treatment similar to what is being tested. Rest assured, this is done in a very safe and controlled environment. During some trials, different types of tests will be done, including blood and urine tests, and stool sampling. But since each trial is different, you will get a full explanation before participation.
Some clinical trials will require you to have multiple visits in a day or test the products from home. Visits can range from 30 minutes to 10 hours. It is important to ensure you are fully available for all study visits.
Do trials require an overnight stay?
At Cliantha Winnipeg we do not perform overnight clinical trials.
What can I expect from the facilities?
Depending on what type of study is conducted, the number of participants can be anywhere from a small group to as many as 100 volunteers. Our facility offers free wifi, TV with Netflix, and water fountain, and microwave in the waiting room. Our team is always working on ways to improve our facilities to make your visits more comfortable.
Will meals be served?
Cliantha Research Winnipeg will only serve meals in the event the protocol requires. At our facility, we can heat up your food if required. Since our clinical trials do not traditional require fasting, we do not provide meals. There are many close-by restaurants at your disposal and depending on the study visit, you are able to leave and return.
Can I withdraw from a study even after it starts?
You have the freedom of leaving at any point during the study. However, you will only be compensated for the time you participated in the study.
How often can I be a study participant?
For safety reasons, you are required to have “washout period” of a minimum of between 7 - 28 days after the end of a study before volunteering for another one. This washout period allows your skin to rid itself of any remaining test product that was applied during the study. In some cases, you may have a 30-day or more rest period, depending on the study requirements.
What are some other questions I may want to ask?
What product will be tested?
What is the main reason for the study?
How is my information being handled?
What type of medical staff will be available during the study?
What is the compensation based on?
How much research and trial experience does your company have?
What happens if I cannot complete the study?
Will my participation be anonymous?
What if I have food or other allergies?
Why does Cliantha need personal information and my medical history?
Do I need to bring my own toiletries?
What if I am currently taking over-the-counter medication?