What are Clinical Trials?
- Scientific studies involving humans with the goals of:
- Better understanding diseases
- Developing methods to evaluate diseases and their progression
- Developing safe and effective treatments, which may include medications, devices, or other therapies
- Required by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to show that treatments are safe and effective before they are made available to the public in the United States.
What do I need to know before participating in a Clinical Trial at the Parkinson’s Institute?
- You do NOT need to be a patient of the Parkinson’s Institute to participate in a Clinical Trial.
- You DO need to be willing and able to travel to The Parkinson’s Institute in Sunnyvale, California.
- Participation in any Clinical Trial is VOLUNTARY - you may end participation at any time.
- We encourage you to discuss participation in a Clinical Trial with your family, friends, and doctors.
- You and your insurance will NOT be billed for Clinical Trial related visits or procedures.
- Participation in a Clinical Trial WILL require your personal commitment of time and effort.
How do I participate in a Clinical Trial at The Parkinson's Institute?
- Review our Current Clinical Trials.
- Let us know you are interested in participating in a Clinical Trial by:
- Completing our secure Clinical Trials Volunteer Form,
- Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (please note: this is not a secure form of communication),
- Leaving a message on the Clinical Trials voicemail at 408-542-5608,
- If you are a current patient at The Parkinson’s Institute, we encourage you to speak with your Movement Disorders Specialist about participating in Clincal Trials during your next visit.
- We will determine if you are eligible for any currently enrolling Clinical Trials at The Parkinson’s Institute by reviewing your medical information. If you are not a patient at The Parkinson's Institute, we will request your authorization to obtain your medical records from your doctors.
- If we determine that you are eligible for a Clinical Trial, we will provide you with an Informed Consent Form which provides details about the Clinical Trial for you to review. If you are not eligible for any currently enrolling Clinical Trials, we will keep your information in our database for future clinical trials.
- If you remain eligible and interested in participating, after review of your medical records and a discussion of the Clinical Trial in more detail, you will be scheduled for a Screening Visit at The Parkinson’s Institute.