The Enrollment Process
Most people who are interested in volunteering for a clinical trial have many questions. This page is designed to answer the most common questions our recruitment team receives from volunteers. Please do not hesitate to contact a recruiter by phone or email if you would like additional information or have a question that is not addressed on this page. We want to ensure that you are well informed before you agree to volunteer for a trial and we are happy to answer any questions you might have.
Step 1: Phone Interview
Arrange a phone interview and one of our recruiters will determine if you are an eligible candidate. The Phone Screen is a conversation between you, as a potential volunteer, and a recruiter. It is the first required step in participating in a clinical trial. and you should set aside about 45 minutes to an hour. Your recruiter will ask you a series of general questions concerning your contact information, height and weight, age, race and personal health history. By collecting this information, your recruiter will determine if you might fit the criteria for any upcoming studies. Many of the phone screen questions can be answered online. Doing so will notify our recruitment team that you are interested in studies, will register you for study updates and will also speed up the phone screen process. Once you complete your online portion, a recruiter will call you to complete the phone screen.
Once your information has been added into the database, either by you via download or by speaking with a recruiter, your recruiter will then discuss the details of any studies you might qualify for. The recruiter will explain the time commitment, specific dates, research purpose and compensation of the trials.
If you are interested in participating in a suggested trial, your recruiter must then make certain that you are not disqualified from that trial due to any exclusion criteria. You will be asked another series of questions that specifically relate to the study you are volunteering for. The exclusion criteria are established by the study sponsor in order to ensure the safety of volunteers and the accuracy of data collected.
Step 2: Informed Consent
Signing Informed Consent and undergoing your Physical Screen will happen during the same visit to our facility. Expect the visit to take approximately 2.5 hours. Volunteers are required to provide a photo ID at the time of the Physical Screen. If their photo ID does not list a current address, volunteers must provide additional documentation of their address such as a utility or cable bill. It is mandatory that all potential volunteers review the Informed Consent Form. This is regarded as the most important process in clinical trials. The Informed Consent Form is a document that details all aspects of the research study, the potential risks involved and what happens during the entire study. It is approved by an ethics and safety committee called the Institutional/Independent Review Board (IRB). No studyrelated procedures or requirements can begin until volunteers understand and sign the specific, studyrelated Informed Consent Form.
Volunteers receive a copy of the Informed Consent Form. You will be required to sign the Informed Consent Form if you are interested in continuing the enrollment process. The Informed Consent Form does not legally obligate you to participate in the trial. It also does not guarantee you a position in the trial. It is a document designed to protect your rights as a volunteer; it confirms you have been given information concerning all aspects of the trial and that you understand what will take place during the trial.
We are committed to a transparent, trusting and open relationship with our volunteers.
Step 3: Physical Screen
Each trial requires a different series of procedures as part of the Physical Screen. Common procedures include: blood draws, heart monitoring, vital signs, body measurements, urine samples, and drug tests.
You will meet with a doctor or Physician Assistant at the time of your Physical Screen. He or she will perform a brief physical examination and discuss your personal health history. Volunteers are strongly encouraged to ask him/her any questions you might have concerning the study.
All trials require a minimum of one Physical Screen, however; some studies require multiple screening appointments. Some studies also require hearing or eye exams which take place at clinics working in conjunction with Prism. Your recruiter will outline the screening schedule at the time of your Phone Screen.
Once all of your lab work has been completed and reviewed, a Prism staff member will call to notify you of your enrollment status. If your lab results meet the requirements for the study, the staff member will confirm your enrollment and give you admit instructions.
Step 4: Your Study
Once your study has been scheduled, you can make preparations for your visit. Each study is different – some require a series of visits and keeping a home diary, some require you to remain at the clinic for several hours or days, depending on the drug and the effects being studied. You will have a clear and complete understanding of your study before you arrive. You will be informed about what to bring with you, where to report, and what will be necessary for a successful trial.
Our first priority is that you understand and are comfortable with our process every step of the way