Each study varies, but the following questions are generally part of the research process:
- Informed Consent Form – also known as an “ICF.” ICFs outline the study objective, rules, risks and benefits for potential volunteers. You will need to be able to read the Informed Consent form yourself, as well as to be able to discuss the study, ask questions, and receive instruction with the research coordinator. Please bring with you any items you use, such as reading glasses and hearing aids that will aid help in these tasks.
- Medical history interview
- Review of current medications
- Vital signs
- Physical exam
- Blood draw
- ECG (varies per study)
- Urine test: pregnancy or drug (varies per study)
- Medication dispensation
Time and length of visit will vary depending on clinical trial. Plan on your initial visit lasting 1-2 hours unless otherwise indicated by a study team member. In order to make your time with Clinical Trials of South Carolina fast and productive, please prepare for the visit in the following ways.
- Bring a list of medications that you take.
- Be aware if you need to fast for your visit. If you have any questions about fasting for your visit, please don’t hesitate to contact us. If you are required to fast for your visit, water is allowed, but other beverages, such as coffee, tea and soda, are not.
- Be well hydrated. Being well hydrated will also help with your laboratory sample collection.
Preparing properly will help us make your visit faster and more enjoyable. If you have any questions regarding an upcoming study visit, please contact us at: