Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions
What are the risks of being in a research study? Who makes sure it is safe for me to take experimental medication?

Before you agree to be in a study, we will explain any risks to you and talk about them in detail. We will answer any questions you may have. This process is called informed consent.

Before a study begins and from time to time during the study, OHSU's Institutional Review Board is required to review and approve all research studies that involve people to make sure they are safe. During the study, our study coordinators will keep close track of your health. To make sure you stay healthy, we will change your treatment if we need to. Being in a study will never compromise your health and well-being.

Will I get paid for my time? What benefits do I get?

We may pay you a small amount to participate in some research studies. When we meet to talk about the study with you, we will tell you about any payment. You will receive study medication, physical exams, education and lab tests at no cost.

Will you share information with my insurance company? Who will see my information?

We will not share information about you with your insurance company. Study information will not go into your medical records unless you sign a form saying this is acceptable. Your privacy and confidentiality are very important to us. We will never reveal your identity in study results.

A limited number of people in the study will be able to see your information. These people are trained on the importance of patient confidentiality and privacy. During the informed consent process, we will talk with you about how we handle your information, and answer any questions.

Do I have to be an OHSU patient in order to participate?

No. Although some studies require you to have a primary care physician (regular doctor) at OHSU, most studies do not. If you are interested in our studies, you are welcome to participate if you are qualified.

If you are thinking about being in a research study, you should talk about it with your primary care physician. If you decide to participate, we can only tell your primary care doctor if you agree we can share this information.

How often will I have to come to OHSU? How long do studies last?

How often you come to OHSU and how long the study lasts depends on the study. Some studies have just one visit, while others have many visits. Studies can last from an hour or two to several years. Before you agree to be in a study, we will talk with you about the time required and how often you will need to come to OHSU.

Do I need to have diabetes to be in a research study?

Not necessarily. Some studies are for people with a risk of getting diabetes. Also, if you are the family member of someone with type I diabetes, you can be screened for the risk of getting the disease.

How do I know if I qualify for any studies?

Information on all our studies looking for participants is on the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center website: Current Clinical Research Studies. If you are interested in participating and would like more information, please call 503 494-4704 or email us. A researcher can tell you if you qualify for any studies.

What if I don't want to be in the study after I have started?

You may stop participating any time without penalty. If you decide to withdraw from a study, we will ask you to come in for one more visit. You should bring any medication or supplies from the study. If the study pays for visits, we will pay you for the time and visits you have completed.

Helpful Hints for Study Participants

How to contact us

You can reach us during business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday) by:

How to check in for your visit

The Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center is located on the first floor of the Physicians Pavilion. Parking is available in the Physicians Pavilion lot. When you arrive, go to the front desk and let the receptionist know you are here for a diabetes research study and which study coordinator you are seeing.