Medical research is crucial to understanding diseases and developing new ways to prevent, detect, and treat health problems. That’s why Kashif Latif, MD, and the team at AM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center in Bartlett, Tennessee, place a high priority on conducting clinical research, also called clinical trials, for diabetes. These studies are done following rigorous standards that always ensure your safety. If you’re interested in participating in or learning more about current studies, call AM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center at 901-384-0065 and ask to speak to the study nurse.
A clinical trial, or clinical research, is a tightly monitored scientific study to determine if a medication or treatment is effective in combating a disease or medical condition. Clinical trials may study new or experimental drugs, explore new uses for existing drugs, or compare two medications to determine the most effective option.
The discovery of new treatments for diabetes is only possible through research, and conducting research depends on patients who choose to participate in clinical studies.
Patients join a clinical trial for two reasons: to get access to cutting-edge care that’s not yet on the market and to contribute to research that helps others. In that light, it’s important to know that your safety and well-being are paramount in a clinical trial.
Before a clinical trial begins, the treatment must show that it has potential benefits and that safety standards are met. Additionally, you’re closely monitored throughout the study.
Clinical trials follow tough standards set by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Physicians and research nurses follow strict rules when conducting clinical studies. The FDA reviews research results at every stage and must give their approval for the study to continue.
Before you decide to enroll in a clinical trial, and at various times throughout the study, you receive detailed information about the study’s purpose, duration, procedures, and key contacts. The potential risks and benefits are also explained. Then you have plenty of time to ask questions.
If you decide to join, you sign the document. This process, called informed consent, simply verifies you understand what’s involved in the study. It’s not a contract requiring your participation, and you can withdraw from the study at any time.
Participation in a clinical trial is free. In many cases, you receive compensation for your time and travel expenses. Otherwise, all your office visits, lab work, examinations, procedures, and medications related to the study are provided free of charge.
The first step is to check with us to see which studies are currently recruiting participants and if you qualify to join. Each clinical trial targets a specific group of patients and you need to meet the criteria for the study before you can enroll.
You don’t need to be a current patient at AM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. You can continue to see your own doctor and the team will gladly let your physician know about the study.
If you’re interested in participating or learning more about current studies, call AM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center (901-384-0065) and ask to speak to the study nurse.