If you’re interested in taking part in a trial, we can give you information over the phone or by email. We’ll ask you for your age, gender, height and weight, and questions about your smoking habits and general health, to see whether you are suitable. If so, we’ll invite you in for screening.
If you’re still interested in taking part, we’ll give you a health questionnaire to fill in. Next, one of our doctors will answer your questions about the study. If you’re satisfied you know enough about the study, and you decide you want to take part, we’ll ask you to sign a ‘consent form’. We’ll give you a copy to take away. We’ll screen you after you’ve signed the consent form. It usually takes about two hours. We will:
- Measure your height and weight;
- Give you a medical examination, including your blood pressure and pulse rate;
- Do an ECG (a painless test that records the rhythm of the heart);
- Take samples of your blood and urine to check you’re healthy;
- Test you for drugs of abuse, such as cannabis and cocaine, because they might react badly with the new medicine and harm you;
- Do a pregnancy test, if you’re a woman;
- test your blood for hepatitis and HIV (AIDS) viruses (we’ll counsel you about these tests before you have them, and explain what would happen if one should be positive);
- Ask you what foods you won’t eat when you stay on the ward;
- Ask for a copy of your passport or National Insurance number (if you have one), as proof of your identity; and
- Give you an appointment card with all the study dates and times.