Clinical trials (also called “clinical studies” or “research studies”) help determine if medicines, medical devices, and tests are safe and effective.
Without clinical trials, it would be impossible to develop new medicines, treatments, and cures.
There are clinical trial opportunities for healthy people and for people with the condition(s) being studied. Age, gender, medical record, and treatment history may affect your ability to join a 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You may be paid 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.
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.
Meridian enrollment specialists are here to help. Participating in a study is an important decision — Meridian enrollment specialists here to help you before, during, and after studies.