Information for Research Participants

Reasons to participate in a research study

By participating in a study, you can play a more active role in your own health. You might also gain access to new treatments. By allowing researchers to study you and your healthcare condition, you also help others.

Our research funding

Our researchers have received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Massage Therapy Foundation and other agencies.

Selecting research participants

All research studies have guidelines for who can participate. Research studies are done on certain types of health complaints so not everyone qualifies. We evaluate your condition to see if you would be a good fit for our studies.

Receiving free care during research

You do not have to pay for the care you receive in our studies. We have received funding to cover the costs of care associated with our research.

Insurance implications

You do not need health insurance to receive care in our studies. We have received funding to cover the costs of care associated with our research.

How research differs from usual treatment

If the study is “randomized,” you and the doctors don’t choose which treatment you get. Research studies also collect lots of data. This could require you to fill out more questionnaires and have more tests than in usual care. Studies have plans or “protocols” which are designed to keep patients safe and answer specific research questions. This can include making extra trips to the research clinic, following instructions for exercise and self care, and refraining from seeking other care for your health complaint while you are in the study.

Safety of the research

Our researchers follow ethical and legal codes that govern healthcare practice and research.  However, there might be risks to participating in a specific study. You will learn about this during the informed consent.

Informed consent

Informed consent is a process in which you will learn key facts about a research study. These facts will help you decide whether to participate in a study. The process begins on the phone when we first talk to you about your interest in one of our research studies and continues at your first appointment. Our staff will explain to you the details of the study, including the risks and benefits. You may ask any questions at any time.

Leaving the study after you’ve enrolled

Patients can leave a study at any time. If you want to withdraw from a study, we ask that you contact us to let us know.

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