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FAQ • Research Institute of Orlando (RIO)



Answers to common questions about taking part in RIO’s clinical trial.

Clinical research is medical research that involves people like you. When you volunteer to take part in clinical research, you help doctors and researchers learn more about disease and treatment, and improve health care for people in the future. Clinical research includes all research that involves people.
Healthy Volunteers say they participate to help learn the efficacy of the IP (Investigational Product) being researched and they enjoy being on the cutting edge of science.

Clinical trials look at new ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease. Clinical trials can study new:

  • ways to use existing treatments
  • drugs or combinations of drugs
  • ways of doing surgery
  • medical devices
  • ways to change behaviors to improve health
  • ways to improve the quality of life for people with acute or chronic illnesses

The goal of clinical trials is to determine if these treatment, prevention, and behavior approaches are safe and effective.

The protocol (plan) is designed to balance the potential benefits and risks to participants, and answer specific research questions. Example:

  • The goal of the study
  • Who is eligible to take part in the trial
  • Protections against risks to participants
  • Details about tests, procedures, and treatments
  •  How long the trial is expected to last
  • What information will be gathered

Informed consent is the process of providing you with key information about a research study before you decide whether to accept the offer to take part. The process of informed consent continues throughout the study. To help you decide whether to take part, members of the research team explain the details of the study.