Frequently Asked Questions
Choosing to participate in a clinical trial is an important personal decision. The following frequently asked questions will provide you with detailed information about clinical trials. In addition, it is often helpful to talk to your health care provider, family members, or friends about deciding to join a trial. After you have identified some trial options, the next step is to contact the study research staff and ask questions about specific trials
- Clinical trials are research studies where medical professionals evaluate investigational medications under carefully controlled conditions.
- A clinical trial may give you access to a study drug that your regular doctor cannot provide.
- Your safety is a top priority. While you are participating in a clinical trial, doctors follow detailed study plans to monitor your health.
- Your privacy is protected when you participate in a clinical research study. Your health information that is collected during a clinical trial is protected under the law and requires your written permission to be used in a study.
- As a study volunteer, you have the right to discontinue your study participation at any time and for any reason.
- By participating in a clinical trial with CNS, you may help in the development of new medical therapies. These therapies, if proven to be safe and effective, can help improve the quality of life by offering better treatments and potential cures for people with life-threatening and chronic diseases.
- Clinical research studies offer volunteers the benefits of free physical exams, study-related medical testing, and study medication. Many studies offer compensation for your time and travel and transportation is provided, if needed.
The clinical testing of an investigational drug follows a carefully planned process whereby a volunteer’s safety is the top priority. Before a study medication is given to volunteers in a clinical research study, it is carefully researched in the laboratory.
There are 4 different phases of clinical research with each phase researching a different aspect of the investigational drug. Phase 1 tests safety and tolerance, Phase 2 measures effectiveness, and Phase 3 measures performance (is it better than what is currently available). The final phase – Phase 4 – of trials measures long term effects and starts after a new drug or treatment is released to the market.
Every clinical trial has varying criteria depending on the indication and investigational drug. To see if you qualify for a study, or to be notified of future studies, call CNS today or fill out a participation form (link to the participation inquiry page)
Ready to participate in clinical research? The first step is to contact a CNS representative, either by calling our call center or sending an inquiry form. If you submit a participation form a representative will attempt to contact you within 24 hours by phone and email to conduct a basic interview in order to see if there is a study that you may qualify for.
As part of joining a clinical trial, you will meet with healthcare professionals to discuss your current condition and treatment, as well as to answer any other questions you may have. The healthcare team will assess your eligibility for a study.
At your first visit, the study staff will describe why the study is being conducted and how long it will last; explain what will happen at each study visit; talk about potential benefits and possible risks; and ask you to sign an Informed Consent Form.
- We have a parking lot for people who can drive themselves. If you do not have transportation available, then CNS can have Lyft pick you up at no charge.
- CNS has three locations in southern California in Garden Grove, Torrance, and Long Beach which service Los Angeles, Riverside, and Orange County.
Ocean View Adult Psychiatric Facility is located at our Long Beach location and accepts most insurance providers and can provide geriatric care, rehab, and treatments for other indications. CNS also operates a depression clinic on Thursdays at our Garden Grove location.