How do I know which study is right for me?
With so many clinical research studies underway, it can be difficult to know which one is right for you. As one of the leading centres in Europe developing new treatments for Memory Impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia and more recently Parkinson’s disease, we are the only centre in Scotland which has conducted research on all the currently licensed treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.
How can you make sure you choose the best one for your individual needs?
When trying to choose the best study for your individual needs, it is important to do your research and consider all of your options.
The first step is to complete a short pre-screener. This will help identify if we have a study that is suitable for you. Anyone can register to take part in the pre-screener, and it is quick and easy to do.
Our initial pre-screener can be completed online or over the phone with a member of our Patient Liaison team. This will confirm if you or the person you are referring is suited to participate in one of our current studies.
If you meet the basic required criteria to volunteer, a member of our team will follow up with you to go through some additional questions, to establish more clearly any medications you may be taking and your medical history. This is essential to ensure you meet the inclusion criteria and our team will be able to confirm whether you are eligible to take part in one or more of our current studies.
If suitable you will be invited to a screening appointment at our clinic, where our doctors can determine which studies might be a good fit for you based on your specific needs and goals. With these considerations in mind, choosing the best study can be an informed and tailored process that takes into account all of the factors that are most important to you.
If you are suitable to progress to an appointment at the clinic, you will be offered the first available date and time, providing your diary permits we typically see participants within 7 days of applying.
Benefits of participating.
Gain a Deeper Understanding of Your Health Condition
By participating in clinical research, you can gain a deeper understanding of your health condition. This is because you will have the opportunity to work closely with medical professionals and learn about your condition from them. Additionally, you will be able to learn about new treatments and procedures that may be available to you.
Access to New Treatments
Participating in clinical research can also give you access to new treatments that are not yet available to the general public. This is because clinical trials are conducted to test the safety and effectiveness of new treatments before they are made available to the public. If you participate in a clinical trial, you may be one of the first people to receive a new treatment.
Help Others by Advancing Medical Research
By participating in clinical research, you can help others by advancing medical research. This is because the data that is collected from clinical trials is used to develop new treatments and improve existing ones. Without participants, clinical trials would not be possible and medical progress would be slowed down.
No cost to take part
As agreed at the appointment stage, Glasgow Memory Clinic will reasonably reimburse travel expenses of attendees to the clinic from across Scotland.
Volunteers who qualify for one of our current studies will receive:
- Top class study-related care from doctors at Glasgow Memory Clinic
- Reimbursement for all travel expenses
- Tea, coffee and lunch facilities during their visits to the clinic
Our patient liaison team will discuss this directly with you, when making your appointment.
Improve Your Overall Health
Participating in clinical research can also help improve your overall health. This is because you will have access to regular medical care and screenings during the course of the study.
All of our studies are conducted at our state-of-the-art facility at Eurocentral, which is conveniently located just off the M8 between Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Taking part in clinical research is a great way to access new treatments, gain a better understanding of your disease or condition, and be at the forefront of new medical breakthroughs. At the Glasgow Memory Clinic we make it easy to find the right study for you, with a quick and easy pre-screener that will identify if we have a study that is suitable for your individual needs.
If you have been thinking about applying to volunteer, why not take the first step today and complete our short pre-screener here or give us a call on 0141 948 0206 and a member of our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
View our current studies here.
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Posted 8th November 2022