Frequently Asked Questions

Clinical Studies

We provide full-spectrum clinical studies across all medical disciplines. We’re serving patients by providing access to new drug and treatment/diagnostic technologies that are shaping the future of healthcare.  Mercy Research offers industry-sponsored, clinical trials in a variety of specialty areas, such as cancer, diabetes, eye, and heart research to give our patients earlier access to potentially beneficial new treatments.

Should I participate in a clinical trial at Mercy?

People participate in clinical trials for a variety of reasons. People who volunteer for phase II and phase III trials can gain access to promising drugs long before they are approved for the public. Participants continue to receive excellent care from their physicians during the course of the trial. Clinical trial care may also be free.

Who is watching out for me?

Before a trial begins, the Mercy Institutional Review Board examines the study’s treatments and procedures to ensure that there are no unnecessary risks and your privacy and rights are fully protected. The physician and study coordinator will review your medical history, laboratory findings, and conduct a physical examination to determine if you are eligible for the trial. You may withdraw from the trial at any time.

What should I expect during a clinical trial?

A clinical trial is research designed to test drugs and devices and to determine safety and effectiveness before and after they are made available to the public. If you decide to participate in a clinical trial, physicians and research staff will provide you with the study drug or device. Your healthcare will be monitored during required office visits and you must take the study drug or device as instructed. You may be asked to modify your diet and exercise habits and have laboratory and diagnostic testing conducted. Upon completion of the trial, you will be instructed to follow-up with your primary physician for continuation of your medical care.

What are the benefits of participating in a clinical trial?

You may be among the first patients in the country to benefit from a new treatment if it is shown to be effective. You may also help advance medical care for patients with similar medical conditions. In addition, you may receive: office visits, physical exams and laboratory tests, study drug or device at no charge, education about your medical condition, frequent contact with medical personnel, and reimbursement for participation.