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excellence in care that helps now and in the future
More than 96% of IACT Health trial participants would refer others.
And 98% of our patients would return to participate in future studies.
Participating in an IACT Health trial is good in every possible way.
There’s a reason why IACT Health has a peerless reputation among patients and physicians. Inside our inviting clinics, you will get the best care of your life from our team of medical specialists. You might have chosen to participate in a clinical study to pursue treatment for an acute condition, to contribute to the future wellbeing of others, or to earn money.
Whatever your motivation, your willingness to participate is vital to the medical advances that help now and for generations to come. Your contribution is valuable, and we are here for you.
"It is our foremost duty to ensure relief for others, and it's why the IACT exists. Our principles are set forth in our mission and carried forward by our team and leadership every single day. It is a privilege to be a part of this team."
The IACT Difference
"A patient came to us unable to walk without suffering...through our clinical trial, they progressed to taking only the study medication and exercising again. It was amazing to see how our work had helped someone and made a life better."
Medical Heroes are the individuals who help advance public health and medical knowledge by taking part in clinical trials. They are found in everyday places, and they deserve our support and gratitude.
Questions & Answers
IACT Health works closely with patients, physicians, and sponsor companies to make a meaningful difference for humankind through excellence and innovation in clinical trials.
How much blood work is there in research trials?
There is more blood work in research trials than there is in normal medical care. And that’s a good thing. It allows us to closely track your overall health, the health of your liver and kidneys, and the health of your blood cells and electrolytes.
And it’s actually not much blood. On average, we have 77 mL of blood per kilogram of body weight. For example, with a 154 pound adult, we would draw approximately three 7 mL tubes of blood. That equates to about one-third of 1% of the blood in your body.
The next time you’re faced with blood work, remember you’re giving a very small amount to get a great amount of care.
How much time will my research trial take?
It depends upon the research trial. You can expect the first visit to be the longest. It can take up to two hours. Just like when you visit a new doctor, we need to gather information and perform baseline tests.
From that point, most of your research visits will be very streamlined. While there are some exceptions, most will take 30 minutes or less. Typically, research offices see fewer patients than a typical physician’s office, so you can expect to spend little time in the reception area, if any.
Research visits are far more stable and predictable than visits to any of your regular doctors. During the informed consent process, we will discuss the study visits involved, including the length of each visit in the study so you can plan in advance. Participants are typically well compensated.
If I enter a research trial, will my doctor be mad at me?
Your doctor cares about you. We want them to be part of the research team and decision-making process. With your permission, we contact your doctor(s) to obtain an accounting of your medical records to gain as much information about your health and medical history as needed. In return (again, with your permission), we share research records so your doctor(s) remains aware of the research trial and your results.
Most doctor(s) are pleased and honored to be included in a patient’s decision to take control of their health. They – and you – benefit from the added information, support, medical care, and medication that come with participation in an IACT Health research trial.
If I enter a research trial, will I be a guinea pig?
Clinical research requires multiple layers of protections for each patient. First and foremost, research is never conducted to confirm a medical guess. In fact, no one in the United States is allowed to perform clinical research without FDA approval. The FDA only approves a proposed trial that provides a substantial body of evidence supporting why it should be conducted, and proves the research will maximize patient safety.
Once a study earns FDA approval, it then requires third-party ethics board approval from a US-based institutional review board (IRB). These groups have ultimate ability to approve or deny a research trial. To ensure the ethics board is completely independent and focused on protecting the participant, no one with a vested interest in the research can sit on an IRB or vote on the ethics of the trial.
An additional third-party group called the Data Safety Monitoring Board oversees research data as it’s being collected. They have the ability to stop a trial at any point if data doesn’t support continuing.
Bottom line, if you enter research trial you are not a guinea pig. In fact, you are cherished as a medical hero. You are cared for and protected better than would ever happen in normal medical care.
Can I die if I go on a research trial?
Your risk of dying in a car accident on your way to a research location is far greater than your risk of dying from a research trial.
Could my doctor fire me if I enter a research trial?
Your doctor can never abandon you and it’s rare for a physician to discharge a patient from their practice.
While uncommon, typical reasons why a patient might be discharged from a practice includes noncompliance (such as violating a treatment plan or contract), being verbally or physically abusive, or not paying a bill. Short of those extenuating circumstances, you can expect to maintain a great doctor/patient relationship simply by keeping open and honest lines of communication.
Will this research drug interact with my other medications?
It’s highly unlikely to experience drug-drug interactions in a research trial. In fact, because research trials are designed in part to eliminate medical risks, your odds of a drug-drug interaction in a research trial are actually lower than if you go to your doctor for a new prescription.
Drug-drug interactions are situations wherein one drug can increase, decrease, or change the effect of another drug. Even though many of these interactions are minor, we eliminate all drug classes that could interact in any way with a study drug used in a research trial. Our goal is to eliminate anything that could increase risk or muddy results.
Research trial rules are far stricter than those in normal medical care. If a patient is on a medication we believe could interact with a study drug, he or she is ineligible to take part in the research trial.
What happens if I get hurt during a research trial?
It’s very unlikely that a patient is hurt during a research trial. Nonetheless, it’s important for you to know that you’re protected in several ways. The industry-sponsored research trials conducted by IACT Health have reliable provisions to take care of you if you are injured. You can review the specifics in our Informed Consent Document.
IRB’s, Good Clinical Practice/The International Conference on Harmonization (GCP/ICH), and federal regulations jointly govern Informed Consent Documents. The agreement must contain eight specific elements, one of which informs you of your rights if you are injured by a research trial. No research can take place without your consent.
Before participating in research, every patient must read, understand, and agree to that specific trial by signing the Informed Consent Document.
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IACT Health is the only integrated site network comprised of a complete organization of specialists. With a dedicated clinical trial infrastructure, we are working to improve the churn rate of physician investigators, decrease the risk of failed trials, and restrict the cost of research.
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