How Studies Work: A Guide to the Clinical Research Process

Research is at the heart of medical advances. Clinical studies help determine if a new medicine, test, or treatment works and is safe.

Before You Begin...

Meridian's phone number is (402) 934-7563.

You can call that number anytime, even if it’s just to ask questions about participating.

Participating in a study is an important decision — we’re here to help you before, during, and after studies.

Who Can Join a Clinical Study?

Clinical research offers a way for almost anyone — regardless of their background — to help improve human health and wellbeing.

Healthy volunteers often participate to help others and contribute to moving science forward.

Participants with an illness or disease join studies to help others, but also to possibly receive the newest treatment and additional care and attention from the clinical trial staff.

More Benefits of Joining a Clinical Study

Clinical trials offer hope for many people and an opportunity to help researchers find better treatments for others in the future.

Beyond contributing to science that will help people live longer, healthier lives, clinical research also offers several benefits to people who participate.

  • Free treatments
  • Free medical exams
  • Possible compensation for participating
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The Clinical Study Journey

1: Joining a Clinical Study

To apply to participate in a clinical study, you can either enter your information on the Meridian study sign up page or call the phone number referenced on the study notice or advertisement. No matter how you contact Meridian, an enrollment specialist will be available to answer questions and find the most suitable study for you.

2: After You Apply

An enrollment specialist from the Meridian contact center will call you and ask a few questions about you and your medical history. This phone screening will help determine if the study is right for you. Even if this study is not a fit for you, a Meridian enrollment specialist can help you find a more appropriate study. At this time, you’ll also be able to ask questions about the study process.

3: After You’re Accepted

After a successful phone screening, you will visit a Meridian clinic for a physical screening. You will need to bring identification information to confirm your identity and medical history. This is a necessary part of every study, and is for your safety.

4: Informed Consent

Each study is different. The informed consent process ensures you understand what will happen in the study. You’ll learn about the product being studied, your role in the trial, potential side effects, and the number of visits required. After you fully understand your role in the study, you may sign an informed consent form. You may withdraw your consent from a clinical study at any time.

5: Getting Screened

You will receive a physical exam that will vary depending on the study. As an added benefit of participating, you may receive specific exams or tests — the results of which will be shared with you.

6: Medication Administration

When you are given an investigational medication, Meridian’s clinical staff will closely monitor your health. You may undergo additional tests to assess the medicine’s effect and/or to safeguard your health. Each Meridian clinic is staffed by healthcare professionals who make your safety a top priority.

7: Payment/Compensation

You may be compensated for participating in a study. You can learn more about study compensation during your first phone call with Meridian, or you can ask during your in-office screening.

8: Following Up

Some studies require several visits to the clinic. You may be eligible to receive compensation for your time and travel for each visit. Any follow-up necessary for the study would be detailed in the informed consent process so you’re never surprised by what a study entails.

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Join a Clinical Study

Clinical studies help scientists develop life-changing medicines, but it starts with you — participation makes it all possible.

Common Questions and Answers

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Clinical trials are conducted to allow safety and efficacy data to be collected for new drugs, medical devices, or treatment techniques. Depending on the type of product and the stage of its development, healthy volunteers and/or patients enroll into small pilot studies initially, followed by larger scale studies in patients that often compare the new product with the currently prescribed treatment.

As positive safety and efficacy data is gathered, more patients are typically involved. Clinical trials can vary in size from a single center in one country to multi-center mega-trials across several countries.