- You have anemia
- You have kidney disease
- You’ve changed your diet and been treating the symptoms per your doctor’s recommendations
- You’re still wondering what else might be out there for you …
If you have anemia and chronic kidney disease, you know that your kidneys are not able to make enough red blood cells. This may cause you to feel tired or weak. A diet high in iron may be able to help, but for some people, a change in diet is not enough. If you’re like many other people with kidney disease and anemia, you may be searching for more answers and something different.
You may consider looking into a research study to see if you qualify to participate. Research studies are necessary to see if potential future treatments are safe and effective. Research studies play a critical role in advancing available medical treatments.
You may have seen ads for research studies in your area, or maybe your doctor suggested that a research study might be right for you. But what is a research study? In this article, we’ll explore what research studies are, what to expect if you join, and why a study may or may not be right for you.
What is a research study?
A clinical research study is a research project done with human volunteers to see if potential new medications or treatments are safe and effective. People who volunteer for a study may receive study medication. Doctors and other research professionals supervise every step of the research study process.
Research studies are an important part of developing future treatment options. Without them, advancements in medicine would not be possible. They help researchers understand if a potential medicine is safe and effective for general use. All studies follow strict guidelines that protect patients.
Why should I consider a research study?
People join research studies for many reasons. For instance, many people appreciate the additional health assessments that they get if they join a study. Others enjoy the attention they receive from the study staff and doctors. Some people simply want to help advance medical science, especially if they have a disease or condition that has few treatment options. Finally, research studies are often testing medications that are not yet available to the public. Many people want to enroll in a study where they may get a study medication that is not available through their regular doctor.
Health insurance and referrals are not required to join a research study
What should I expect if I join a study?
Before you join a study, the study staff will explain everything that is expected of you while you are part of the study. This includes:
- The frequency and length of study appointments
- Any activities that will take place during your visits
- Anything you are expected to do on your own at home
- Potential risks and benefits associated with the study
You will not be enrolled until you fully understand and agree to the study activities. Even if you choose to learn more about the study, you are not obligated to join if you are not interested. If you do choose to join the study, you can leave at any time, for any reason.
How do I know if a study is right for me?
Talk to your regular doctor, the study staff, and the study doctor to see if a research study might be a good option for you. Some people also like to talk about their decision with their significant other, family members, or friends. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you have a clear understanding of what will take place during the study, and what will be expected of you as a participant. Working together with your doctor, study staff, and family members, you can make the decision that’s right for you.