14 Jan Help Yourself and Others by Joining a Clinical Trial
Spectrum Dermatology is one of the few clinics in the region that partners with leaders in skin care and dermatology research to host clinical trials. If you qualify for a clinical trial, you make a big impact in helping researchers and patients just like you to determine the latest treatments for a variety of skin conditions. Many trials also come with compensation for time and travel, and you are guaranteed the best and highly monitored experience for optimal safety. But what exactly is a clinical trial and do you qualify for one?
Please know that we are consistently adding new clinical trials to the Spectrum Dermatology site and may modify current trials to include more patients. We encourage you to routinely check the clinical trials page to see if you qualify. We are proud to be the largest dermatology practice and research division in the region, and as a leading center for clinical trials we are dedicated to helping advance the science of skin care.
How Clinical Trials Work
Spectrum Dermatology collaborates with research teams from prestigious pharmaceutical companies and biotech firms to offers clinical trials. These trials would not be possible were it not for volunteers like you. We have a number of current clinical trials available and are actively recruiting for volunteers who struggle with hives/urticaria, warts/verruca vulgaris, plaque psoriasis, atopic dermatitis/eczema, prurigo nodularis, vitiligo, and alopecia.
As you can see, there are a wide range of dermatological concerns that are in need of volunteers. However, not everyone with these specific skin conditions will qualify for the clinical trials currently available. We are happy to talk more with you about your eligibility, answer any questions, and share more detailed information about each trial.
The goal of clinical trial protocols is accuracy. That’s why the clinical trial staff always puts patient care first, and each professional is highly trained in their respective trial as well as best practices. Spectrum Dermatology has board-certified physicians managing each clinical trial we host so you get peace of mind knowing you’re enjoying the absolute best in care and medical expertise during the entire process.
Joining a Clinical Trial
Clinical trials are sometimes called research studies and they require participation of patients like you to undergo screening, diagnosis, preventative treatments, and sometimes even disease treatments. We need clinical trials so that we can determine if a treatment, drug, or therapy that is not yet available to the public works safely. In some cases, a clinical trial might test a current drug or treatment to determine if there’s a new way to use it.
Every single treatment and drug must undergo clinical trials in order to be cleared by the FDA. There is also a number of requirements that need to be met before clinical trials can even begin. What this means for you is that any treatment or drug used in a clinical trial has already undergone extensive testing to make sure that it is as safe as it can be for human testing at this point.
What Clinical Trial Participants Get
You already know that you may be compensated for your time and travel, and those details are unique to each study. You may also be amongst the first with your specific skin condition to receive a new therapy or treatment. However, usually a clinical trial also requires a control group, or volunteers who receive a placebo. You often do not know if you are receiving a placebo or the real treatment until the trial is complete.
Even if you are in the control group, your role is just as important as if you received the genuine treatment. You are helping to determine if a new drug or treatment is appropriate and are playing a part in potentially getting it to market.
Maybe you’ve tried every other treatment and therapy for your condition to no avail. Maybe you’re tired of having to repeat treatments over and over, and wish there was something better. You’re not alone, because many others with your condition feel the exact same way. A clinical trial is a major step in addressing these frustrations. Through volunteering your time, you are helping leading researchers discover what could be the next best thing for treating a variety of conditions.
Do you struggle with one of the seven skin conditions currently undergoing clinical trials? Learn more about these clinical trials at Spectrum Dermatology by completing the online form or calling (480) 948-8400.