Frequently Asked Questions

Answers

Q. What does the Asthma Research Group Do?
A. We carry out research to find the best possible treatments for people who suffer from asthma, COPD and rhinitis.

Q. Why do you need volunteers?
A. Millions of people with asthma breathe easier thanks to inhalers perfected in departments such as ours, but no matter how good a product is, it can always be improved. Research therefore is always needed to continue improving asthma and rhinitis treatment. For this research to be successful, more people are needed to help.

Q. What type of studies do you do?
A. We do a variety of studies looking at the effectiveness of various treatments for asthma, COPD and rhinitis. Each study is described in an information leaflet that is sent to each potentially suitable volunteer. For more information please call us on 01382 383902 or email aarg@dundee.ac.uk

Q. What does a study involve?
A. Each study that we do has a strict entry (and exclusion) criteria and therefore screening visits are necessary. These involve taking your medical history, seeing how allergic you may be by means of a simple skin prick test and having you perform a few breathing measurements. You would also be required to give a small blood sample.

Each study is different in total time taken to complete, with visits to the department varying in length.

Any medication that is used in trials is licensed, although some may not yet be available in the UK. We inform your GP that you are taking part in a study and what it involves.

Q. Do I get paid if I take part in a study?
A. A participation fee is paid for taking part in any study. This is set out in the Participant's Information Sheet for each study - a copy of which you would receive before agreeing to take part in the study.

Q. What if I don't want to continue with a study?
A. Volunteers are free to withdraw from studies at any time without having to give a reason for withdrawing and without this affecting your present or future medical care.

Q. Is it safe to take part in studies?
A. Any risks involved are minimal and would be clearly explained to you before you consent to enter into a trial. You can discuss any concerns that you may have at any time with one of our doctors.

Q. I want to take part - what do I need to do?
A. Please contact us by phone or email. We will ask you a few simple questions regarding your asthma, COPD or rhinitis and ask about any other medical conditions that you may have. Alternatively, please complete the online medical history questionnaire.

Q. Can I do more than one study?
A. Yes. Very few of our volunteers only take part in one study as most enjoy the experience of taking part and knowing that their condition is being fully monitored. You are not obliged to take part in any of the studies that we may send you information on.

Q. I know someone with asthma/COPD/rhinitis - can they take part?
A. Absolutely. If they are interested, just ask them to contact us. If you yourself have taken part in one of our studies and then recommend us to a friend or relative, you may be eligible for 30 by way of a thank you.

Q. I think I might have asthma/COPD/rhinitis - can I make an appointment with you to confirm this?
A. We can monitor and review your condition in conjunction with your own GP but as we are primarily a research unit we are looking for volunteers with a diagnosed condition to take part in clinical trials. Although you do not have to be referred to us by your own GP, in cases where your condition has not been diagnosed, it would be advisable to seek advice from your GP in the first instance.

Q. I think I might have a food allergy - can you help me?
A. Unfortunately not. We do not cover food allergies or eczema.

Q. I work full-time - can I come to the department after 5pm or at weekends?
A. We do our best to fit screening appointments into times that suit our volunteers. Our study visits themselves take place at different times of the day (depending on the individual study requirements).



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