Each clinical study conducted by PRA Health Sciences has a protocol, which is a plan detailing how the study is to be conducted. The protocol contains all criteria volunteers must meet in order to participate in the study.
Interested in participating? Here’s a brief overview of what you can expect:
When you call in to the Recruiting Department, a volunteer recruiter will discuss with you the studies we currently have available. You will be asked to answer a series of questions to determine whether you meet the criteria set forth by the study protocol for participation.
If you pass the initial phone screening, you will be invited to schedule an appointment in our clinic. During this screening appointment, you will be provided with detailed information about the study and have the opportunity to speak with a doctor about any questions or concerns you may have.
At this point, you will be asked to thoroughly review the Informed Consent Form (ICF). This document details all aspects of the study you are considering participating in, including the study drug, procedures that will done, potential risks and much more. You will be given the opportunity to sign the ICF or to decline consent at this point.
After you have signed the ICF, the screening appointment continues with a complete physical examination, including vitals, blood work and medical history.
The medical team reviews each volunteer’s medical history, lab values and physical examination results to determine which volunteers fully meet the qualification criteria for the study. If a volunteer is qualified, but a lab value or two is out of range, the volunteer may be asked to return to the clinic to repeat those labs. The safety and well-being of all volunteers is our first priority at PRA Health Sciences. Therefore, you will not be selected for participation if there are factors in your medical history, physical exam or lab values that do not meet the exact criteria set by the study protocol and our medical team.
Volunteers who are determined by the medical team to meet all study criteria may be invited to participate in the study. If selected, you will be asked to check in at a specific date and time, as well as provided with instructions for the days leading up to your visit and for items you are allowed to bring with you.
The length and exact requirements of your particular study will be determined by the study protocol. Some studies require only a few quick visits, while others require extended stays. You may receive doses of a study drug or a placebo. Procedures, meals and other activities are scheduled for specific times during your stay to ensure accurate data collection.
At the end of your stay, a member of the study team will go over any additional information you need to know. Then, it’s time to go home!
Studies often require follow-up visits or phone calls. It is important to keep your appointments so that we can see how you have been doing in the days or weeks since checking out.
While participation in a clinical study is voluntary, you may be paid for your time and travel. Please visit our Compensation page for additional details.