Frequently Asked Questions
What is Clinical Research?
Clinical research, also called clinical trials, is the process of evaluating the safety and effectiveness of new and already approved FDA medications on a variety of symptoms. The goal is to help develop new tools for the treatment of a wide variety of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and various types of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease.
Why should I participate in clinical research?
In most studies, you will meet with the doctor on a weekly basis. You will receive compensation for your participation. The trial medications are free. You will receive a complete physical, EKG and labs at no cost to you. The research being conducted may significantly improve your health condition. It may also help other people in the future that may be suffering from the same symptoms you have. The results from the research studies will provide information to scientists around the world that can help treat their patients more effectively. You will receive a thorough evaluation from a physician and an explanation about your condition.
What is the next step?
Go to Research Studies (in the main menu) and complete the form about your clinical symptoms. Since we have several clinical studies available, our research staff will evaluate your information and contact you about which study might be best. During this confidential conversation, we will ask you several questions about your medical history and provide as much information to you as possible about the study.
Do I need Health Insurance or Medicare/Medicaid to participate?
No. None of our studies require you to have insurance. Typically, the study will compensate you for travel and participation in the study.
Who decides if I qualify for the research study?
It is the responsibility of the research coordinators to decide if you meet the minimum standards to qualify for the study. The physician in charge of the study makes the final decision if you are going to be included. This physician will provide a thorough explanation of reasons why you did or did not qualify for the study.
How long do the appointments at Midwest Research Group last?
The initial appointment is typically the longest one and can range from 2-3 hours. There are several questionnaires for you to complete and occasionally lab tests. Most of the other appointments last between 30-60 minutes, depending on the study parameters.
Are there risks involved if I choose to participate?
The research coordinators and physician will review any potential risks in the study. Every research study has an informed consent that clearly states potential risks and benefits. Our research coordinators are in the office during business hours and are typically available to answer any questions during this time.
What if I want to leave the research trial?
You can withdraw from the research study at anytime. If you choose to leave the trial, we would like to know the reason but you are not required to provide this information.
Could there be side effects?
All of the known side effects are explained prior to your participation in the study. If side effects are experienced, we encourage you to contact us during business hours or seek appropriate medical care if after hours (if needed).