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Clinical Research Studies

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What is a clinical research study?

Clinical research studies are scientific investigations in which people participate as volunteers to test drugs, devices, or medical procedures. Controlled, scientific studies are necessary to help answer specific health questions and to develop safe and effective therapies.

Sometimes research studies are looking for healthy volunteers while other studies specify that only people with a particular medical condition may participate. Before deciding to volunteer in a clinical research study, such as SCOT, interested participants should learn about the purpose of the study, what participation would require, and about the potential risks and benefits.

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Please note: This information on this web site is designed to help you understand a bit about the SCOT study. It should not replace your reading the full text of the study brochures and the consent form. You should read the entire consent form and ask any questions prior to participating in any study procedures.