Have you ever wondered how participants for clinical trials are selected or how clinical trials work? Chances are you have heard of medical research studies at some point, but many people are still unsure of how to get involved. At DeNova Research in Chicago, IL, we believe that finding the right participants for plastic surgery studies is a partnership. Before you contact us for more information, learn more about how these research studies work.
What Are Plastic Surgery Studies?
Studies for plastic surgery are essentially clinical trials that assess the viability of new techniques, devices, and cosmetic treatments. Before any of the treatments found in dermatology clinics and medspas can be used on the general public, these treatments must pass some sort of research study to establish the safety of the product. For some treatments, clinical trials are run by both the FDA and independent research sites such as DeNova.
What Do Clinical Trials Do?
Clinical trials are scientific assessment tools that gather a wide range of information about a proposed treatment. Clinical trials are often the last step of research before implementing a treatment for availability for the general public. These trials gather information about how effective a treatment is, how long results of a treatment will last, and who is best qualified for the treatment. Clinical trials are also involved in two important goals: testing and approval.
The first goal of a clinical trial is to test the treatment. This mostly refers to testing how well the treatment treats the desired condition, but it can also involve testing how well a treatment can be adapted to other areas of treatment. It is often the case that clinical trials rule out the possibility of using a treatment on certain parts of the body.
Clinical trials also test for the safety of the proposed treatment, specifically determining if allergies or other restrictions should be included in the treatment instructions. Clinical trials are key to detecting side effects from a treatment as well as taking note of how well patients of different demographics respond to the treatment.
The second goal of a clinical trial is to approve the proposed treatment. Approval for a treatment means that the treatment has been found safe and effective for the majority of patients. Approval also means that the treatment successfully treats the intended area as expected. Approval for a treatment is usually determined by a board of doctors who verify the safety of the treatment.
How DeNova Plastic Surgery Studies Work
If you’re interested in becoming a clinical trial partnership with DeNova, then you may be curious about the process of our research studies. At DeNova, we believe the wellbeing of our participants is just as important as the scientific rigor of our studies. Each of our research studies undergoes the same process for selecting participants.
The first step to becoming a participant is filling out an application. The application will gather general medical information, any allergies you may have, the medications you are taking, and any current medical issues you may have. The application will help us determine if you are a good candidate for any of our research studies.
If you pass the application process, we will fully explain every aspect of the trial to you. The explanation portion will include what you can expect from the trial and any possible side effects from the treatment. At this time, we will answer any questions you have about the treatment and the trial process.
After the trial has been explained to you, we will enroll you as a participant for the trial. Enrollment includes agreeing to give your consent to take part in the trial and any follow-up commitments that may be required after the trial. Your enrollment marks the start of our partnership.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Make Money Participating in Plastic Surgery Studies?
Many potential participants want to know if they will be paid for their participation in our research studies. Compensation for research studies varies between clinical trials. Payment for participation is determined by the treatment, the size of the study, and the creators of the treatment.
Are Clinical Trials Safe?
Clinical trials are designed to be as safe as possible. Before you are accepted as a participant, we screen you to make sure that your medications and allergies will not have adverse interactions with the treatment.
How Long Do Clinical Trials Last?
Clinical trials can last for several weeks to several years. Most clinical trials involve the treatment itself and several follow-up assessments to determine the efficacy of the treatment as well as how long the treatment lasts.
Can You Withdraw From a Clinical Trial?
You can withdraw from a clinical trial at any time. While your commitment to the entirety of the trial and the follow-up are greatly appreciated, we understand that participants may need to withdraw for various reasons.
Does Participating in Plastic Surgery Studies Mean Free Plastic Surgery?
Some patients view plastic surgery clinical trials as a way to get free cosmetic treatments. While a trial may include plastic surgery treatments, it is not the goal of a clinical trial to provide free treatments in exchange for voluntary participation. Additionally, qualification for specific trials means passing exclusion criteria, meaning that the number of applicants and the number of finalized participants is always very different.
Be Part of Our Research With Plastic Surgery Studies!
Applying to be part of a clinical trial is ideal for individuals who want to contribute to the advancement of medical and cosmetic treatments. If you think you may be right for plastic surgery studies, contact DeNova Research in Chicago, IL for more information on how to become an applicant. We look forward to working with you.