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Frequently Asked Questions About this Site

I contacted a study team but have not heard back. What should I do?

Study team coordinators may manage multiple studies at the same time. If you have not heard back within a week, please contact us to ask for assistance.

What happens if I decide not to participate in a study after contacting the study team?

You can change your mind about participation at any time. Tell the study team contact about your decision and they will no longer contact you.

Should I include personal health information when I complete a contact form for a study?

No. The study team will collect health information directly from you if they need it. The contact form should only be used to explain the best way to contact you.

I have searched the studies and don’t see one that I like. Are there any other options for me?

Yes. ClinicalTrials.gov and ResearchMatch are national sites sponsored by the National Institutes of Health that list studies for potential research volunteers. Learn more by visiting the ClinicalTrials.gov or ResearchMatch™ websites.

How You Can Help

Research studies test whether new medicines, devices, or procedures are safe and how well they work.

There is a critical need for volunteers for these studies. Low enrollment in research studies is one of the largest problems facing the development of new and improved treatments. Eighty-five percent of studies get started late and 40 percent never finish because of a shortage of volunteers.

How You Can Help

When you participate in a research study, you are helping to move research forward. This means that cures and treatments are able to reach people more quickly.

This site can help you find studies that match your interests or needs. Both healthy volunteers and people with specific health conditions are needed to help answer important healthcare questions.

Other Ways to Help

We also encourage you to learn more about the two nationally focused research endeavors below.

All of Us Research Program
All of Us Research ProgramAll of Us is a new research program from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The goal is to advance precision medicine. Precision medicine is health care that is based on you as an individual. It takes into account factors like where you live, what you do, and your family health history. Precision medicine’s goal is to be able to tell people the best ways to stay healthy. If someone does get sick, precision medicine may help health care teams find the treatment that will work best.

To get there, the study needs one million or more people. Those who join will share information about their health over time. Researchers will study this data. What they learn could improve health for generations to come.

Learn more about the program | How to Join

researchmatch.orgThe ITHS is pleased to participate in ResearchMatch, a free, nationwide database of potential research volunteers sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. The goal of ResearchMatch is to bring volunteers together with researchers working towards new medical treatments (not just clinical trials).

Many studies are looking for healthy people of all ages, while some are looking for people with specific health conditions. Considering becoming a ResearchMatch volunteer? Visit the ResearchMatch website to learn more about the registry, and be sure to read the Volunteer FAQ.