Before consultation please confirm to bring with you
- All previous medical records and documents
- Your investigations and scans done previously
- All medications being currently taken
- This will help us arrive at a diagnosis earlier and may avoid the repetition of some expensive tests.
You will be called into the consultation room by the doctor. At the time of consultation please discuss in detail with your doctor the problems you have. If you do not know any other language besides your native language, try to get a translator along with you as this would help us in clearly understanding the medical problem. Your treatment plan will be decided only based upon your reports.
As a patient, you can expect:
- To receive treatment without regard to gender, race, religion, or place of origin.
- To be treated with respect at all times.
- To receive compassionate, courteous, quality healthcare services, as available, given the resources in this community.
- To have your right to privacy respected.
- To receive information about our programs, including hours of operation, types of services, and availability.
- To be informed about all eligibility requirements.
As a patient, you can also expect:
Our services may be denied to you if:
- You are rude or threatening, including using racial or ethnic slurs or profanity
What are Clinical trials:
Clinical trials are research studies designed to find new and better ways to treat patients with disease than current/ approved/existing recommended or standard treatment strategies.
Physicians and scientists conduct clinical trials to find out:
- whether a newly developed treatment is safe and effective for patients
- how and in what dose the new treatment is best administered
- whether the treatment is better than other treatments
Clinical trials may test new drugs, new approaches to using existing treatments, or newly developed methods of treatment.
Clinical trials are unique studies in that they rely on the participation of patients to test the new therapies. They are conducted only after a long process of research on the new treatment has already been completed.
Before ever testing a new treatment with people, studies are performed in research labs and with animals to examine possible benefits and side effects. By the time the treatment is given to patients in a clinical trial, it has been under study for many months or years.
When planning a clinical trial, an investigator (usually a physician) proposes a carefully thought out hypothesis, writes a detailed plan that outlines both the background and purposes of the study and the exact way in which the study will be conducted.
This plan or “protocol” details each step of treatment and care for patients in the study, and it must be approved by scientific review boards within the investigator’s institution and within the organization that sponsors the study. The protocol for the study ensures that the patients in study receive appropriate treatment and high-quality care and that the research is conducted scientifically.
Clinical trials are conducted in three phases, each aimed at answering a different research question. Each newly developed treatment must go through all three trial phases.
- Phase I trials: These first studies in people evaluate how a new drug/ device/ intervention should be used (for example, medicine by mouth, injected into the blood, or injected into the muscle), how often, and in what dose. Phase I trials are the first tests of a new treatment in humans, so they usually include only a small number of patients, usually10-20
- Phase II trials: A Phase II trial continues to test the safety of the drug and begins to evaluate how well the new drug works. Like Phase I trials, they often include a limited number of patients, around 50-100 with a chosen cohort.
- Phase III trials:These studies tests a drug/device/intervention that has cleared Phase II trial in comparison to the current standard for treatment. Participants are usually assigned at random either to the standard treatment group or to the new treatment group (this process is called randomization). Phase III trials often enroll large numbers of people and may be conducted at many doctors’ offices, clinics, and medical centers nationwide.