Clinical Trials

SPECTRUM DERMATOLOGY | SCOTTSDALE & GREATER PHOENIX, ARIZONA

Spectrum Dermatology is dedicated to helping advance medical science and improve patient care. A proven way to achieve this is through clinical research. Spectrum Dermatology has proudly provided the best in medical, cosmetic, surgical, and laser dermatology care to the Scottsdale and Phoenix areas for almost 15 years. As the biggest dermatology practice in the area, we are also a top center for clinical trials.

Only at Spectrum Dermatology will you find the latest, most innovative treatments for a wide range of disorders, diseases, and dermatological issues. Spectrum Dermatology works closely with research teams of the most renowned biotech and pharmaceutical companies. However, it’s patients like you that make critical clinical studies possible. Together, we can work towards treating the most difficult dermatology challenges. Successful clinical trials allow patients such as yourself to benefit, and volunteers play an integral part in helping others struggling with their own dermatological concerns.

At Spectrum Dermatology, our clinical trial protocols are designed to be completely accurate. The clinical trial staff is highly-trained and prioritize patient comfort and care. Board-certified physicians at Spectrum Dermatology manage every clinical trial, guaranteeing premium medical expertise throughout the entire clinical trial. Patients enjoy the best in medical care every step of the way. As such, it’s no surprise that Spectrum Dermatology is consistently a top-enrolling clinic.

If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial or think it might be for you, then you deserve the highest quality of care, complete accuracy throughout the process, and of course plenty of compassion. Discover more about your local clinical research facility where the latest innovations, treatments, and products are revered.

Clinical Trials Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly is a clinical trial?

A clinical trial is another term for a research study. Clinical trials depend on individuals like you to try out new approaches for screenings, diagnosis, preventative measures, and even disease treatments. Clinical trials are necessary to figure out if a certain drug or therapy (that isn’t on the market yet) is safe and effective. Some clinical studies are testing existing therapies and drugs to see if there are new ways to use them. Every drug and therapy is required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to undergo clinical trials. By the time clinical trials are required, the drug or treatment has undergone an incredible amount of testing to ensure it is as safe as possible for human testing.

Can anyone be in a clinical trial?

Every clinical trial is unique and has its own guidelines regarding participation. This is called inclusion/exclusion, and it’s a key part of medical research. The goal for everyone involved, including participants, is to produce the most accurate results. Although criteria can vary widely from trial to trial, some of the most decisive factors include gender, age, previous treatments, and current diagnoses.

 

Every participant has to qualify for clinical trials before they can participate. Some clinical studies are looking for healthy individuals, while others need participants with certain diseases. Inclusion/exclusion selection does not lead to personal acceptance or rejection, but is paramount in getting the most accurate results.

What can I expect if I participate in a clinical trial?

What happens in a clinical trial can vary greatly. However, what you can expect as a participant is that physicians and staff will closely monitor your health and well-being. You might undergo tests and/or be given drugs or treatments related to the study. A study might last a single day or it can extend for years. All treatments, exams, and drugs are free during a study. Plus, many participants benefit from free treatments or procedures during the clinical trial, potentially saving them a lot of money they would otherwise have to pay if they went with an alternative treatment.

Are these trials really safe?

Safety is the top priority for every clinical trial. If selected, you are given a consent form along with plenty of time and opportunities to ask questions. Informed consent forms detail any common risks linked to treatments or drugs you may be given as part of the clinical trial. Bear in mind that participating in a clinical trial is always voluntary and you can stop at any time. You don’t have to give a reason, and you won’t have to repay any of the exams, treatments, or drugs you received.

What are the benefits of participating in a clinical trial?

You will be amongst the first to have access to the latest medications and treatments. Additionally, participants receive customized care while incurring absolutely no expense. You’ll also have the chance to learn more about your condition. Some clinical trials offer compensation for your time and to help with travel costs. Finally, you have the unique benefit of knowing you’re helping people who suffer from your same condition and participating in medical advancements.

How do I get ready for a Spectrum Dermatology clinical trial screening?

We want your screening to be as quick and efficient as possible. If you’re scheduled for a screening, make sure to bring a written list of your medical condition(s) and past treatments or surgeries, as well as details of any other clinical trials you may have participated in. Also bring a full list of current medications. Although we try to keep screenings as brief as possible, you will want to schedule a “buffer” around your appointment. Two hours per screening is average, and most follow-up appointments are much shorter.

What happens at the first visit?

This will vary from trial to trial. However, participants are commonly asked to complete their informed consent form as part of their first visit. This form describes the purpose of the study, outlines future appointments, and details any risks, benefits, alternative treatment options, and parameters of the confidentiality. Screenings also usually require a review of medications, detailing of your medical history, and taking vital signs as well as a brief physical exam. Electrocardiograms, and blood or urine tests may be required for some clinical trials. Every participant is required to read all forms themselves, so it is important to remember to bring glasses, contacts, or hearing aids if required.

 

Preparation is key to a fast, fun screening. If you are scheduled for a screening and have questions, or if you want to know more about our current studies or your future visits, call our clinical research team at (480) 404-9879.

“The staff and Dr. Kim were very accommodating and I was well pleased with the medical attention I received. I would highly recommend them to anyone.”

– Curt, Actual Patient*

Are You a Good Candidate for Current Clinical Trials at Spectrum Dermatology?

Spectrum Dermatology is currently recruiting participants for these clinical research trials. Check back regularly to see if new studies have been added that are a fit for your needs.

Psoriasis Study | Spectrum Dermatology, Scottsdale, Arizona

Psoriasis Study

  • You must be diagnosed with moderate or severe psoriasis to participate.
  • You must not be taking any topical or internal treatment to participate. This includes UV therapy (like Puva, Excimer Laser, and Narrow Band), oral drugs (like Methotrexate, Soriatane, or Otezla), or Biolagics (like Humira, Cosentyx, or Taltz).
  • You must be 18 years or older and able to make it to six appointments in a two-month period.
Urticaria Study | Spectrum Dermatology, Scottsdale, Arizona

Urticaria Study

  • You cannot have a known cause for hives and itching.
  • You must agree to write in a daily diary about the hives, rating them from moderate to severe.
  • You must agree to monthly injections, and agree that you may be one of the participants who will be given a placebo for the first 24 weeks of the study.

If you struggle with any of these conditions and are interested in being considered for research opportunities, call Spectrum Dermatology at (480) 404-9879. Potential participants are first scheduled for a phone screening, which is followed by an office appointment for suitable candidates.

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