Clinical Trials Specialist

St. Francis Sleep, Allergy & Lung Institute

Pulmonary, Sleep, Allergy & Clinical Research Center located in Clearwater, Florida

New treatments and drugs are becoming available every day, but they can’t be made available to everyone without several steps of intensive research. In Clearwater, Florida, Frank Averill, MD, at St. Francis Sleep, Lung and Allergy Institute conducts later stages of clinical trials and allows their own patients to participate if they’re approved. To find out if you can play a role in medical advancement with a clinical trial, call St. Francis Sleep, Lung and Allergy Institute or book your consultation online today.

Clinical Trials Q & A

What are clinical trials?

St. Francis Sleep, Lung and Allergy Institute is both a medical clinic and a research center. This means that, in addition to regular treatments, they conduct clinical trials at the clinic. Clinical trials are meticulous research studies that test new treatments and ways to improve your health.

Clinical research involves four phases to test the safety and efficacy of a new drug or treatment:

Phase I

The first phase tests the safety of a new treatment as well as how it interacts with your body.

Phase II

The second phase can last months or years and tests the effectiveness of the treatment.

Phase III

The third phase involves many participants to confirm the discoveries of Phase II. It gives physicians a more thorough understanding of the treatment.

Phase IV

Phase IV occurs after the treatment has been approved for sale. It compares the treatment to other similar treatments that are already available. This stage also tests the long-term effects and can result in new restrictions and specifications for the treatment’s use.

St. Francis Sleep, Lung and Allergy Institute conducts clinical trials in only the third and fourth phases. This means that drugs and treatments are already proven to be effective and safe for use.

What do clinical trials study?

St. Francis Sleep, Lung and Allergy Institute conducts clinical trials to treat and manage a number of conditions. Your provider may recommend that you participate in a clinical trial for your:

  • COPD
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Diabetes
  • Insomnia
  • Obesity
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • High blood pressure

If you choose to participate in a clinical trial, the cost of your treatment may be covered in exchange for your participation. If your provider thinks you’re a good fit for participation, they will give you more information. 

Why should I participate in a clinical trial?

Clinical research is important in the medical field because it introduces new and innovative drugs and treatments. Your participation gives you several advantages:

  • Access to promising new treatments
  • Attentive monitoring and care for your condition throughout the trial
  • Helping scientists make new discoveries
  • Helping future recipients of the treatment access more information
  • Low- or no-cost treatment

If your current treatments for your condition aren’t as effective as you’d like them to be, participating in a clinical trial is a great alternative. 

If you have one of the conditions listed and are interested in participating in scientific advancement with a clinical trial, call St. Francis Sleep, Lung and Allergy Institute to speak with a provider or book a consultation online today.