Clinical Lingo

Clinical Lingo

Understanding Clinical Lingo

We know it can be hard to understand clinical terms, so we’ve provided a guide of words and phrases you’ll hear frequently in clinical research.
 
“Study related medication”
Some studies that we conduct have a drug, developed by the pharmaceutical company, to be given to study participants. The drug that is distributed is only related to that particular study.
 
“Study related medical care”
This phrase refers to the medical attention you will receive that relates to the study you are involved in.
 
“Physical exams”
This phrase describes the observational procedures of the body, done by a doctor – which may vary from study to study.
 
“Laboratory (Lab) work”
This is i.e. blood draw, collection of urine and nasal cultures. It is sent to a lab to determine in- formation relating to the study.
 
“At no cost/charge”
All study related procedures, office visits, study medications are provided at no cost/charge to you. Some additional examples of what is offered in a study include the following: study-related medical care, physical exams, and lab work.
 
“No insurance required”
You do not have to have insurance in order to participate in a research study.  If have insurance, neither you nor your insurance provider will be billed for the study-related care provided.
 
“Compensation for time & travel”
This is the financial amount (money) you receive for participating in a study. The amount varies from study to study and those who are active in a study receive a check within 4 -weeks following a scheduled study visit.
 
“Informed consent”
This form is given to you prior to being in a study.  It is detailed information regarding the study, the risks of participation, and the benefits, which can be used for you to help determine your participation.
 
“Study Visit”
This is the appointment that is setup for you to come and participate in a study.
 
“Fasting”
Not consuming any food or drink.  At our research site, volunteers are sometimes required to fast at least 8 hours prior to an appointment.  This action helps us determine, for example, your cholesterol levels with better accuracy.