QPS STUDY PARTICIPATION PROCESS
Once you have completed the application form, call or stop by the office at 1820 W. Mt. Vernon in Springfield. A Recruiting Coordinator will assist you in determining which clinical research study is best for you, and will ask you pre-screening questions to ensure you meet the minimum qualifications. If the pre-screening qualifications are met, you will be scheduled for a physical.
At your physical, you will be provided with an Informed Consent Form (ICF) explaining the details of the study. All participants are notified of the events of the study schedule. You will receive a free study-related physical examination to determine if you qualify for the study. The physical exam may include: measuring your height and weight, taking your vitals (temperature, blood pressure, pulse) and collecting urine and blood samples for analysis. An electrocardiogram (ECG) may also be completed. The physical process generally takes about 60 minutes but may be longer depending on the requirements of the study. Failure to show or give a 24 hour cancellation notice can result in restricting eligibility.
Competitive Call Backs
At the conclusion of the physical, a call back date and time will be provided. This is the date your physical results will be available, indicating if you are eligible to take part in the study. At QPS, the call back is a competitive process, similar to a radio station call in contest. We place qualified participants on the study until all spots are filled. It is critical that calls are made promptly as this improves your chances of participating in a study. QPS uses this Competitive Call Back method to ensure fair enrollment of all qualified participants. If you are placed on the study, the date and time for check-in and any special instructions are provided. Failure to check-in can result in restricting eligibility to participate in future studies at QPS. Click here for more details regarding our participant policies.
Your Study Schedule
Upon check-in, both you and your belongings will be inspected to ensure no outside food or prohibited items enter the clinic. A QPS research associate will show you to your dormitory-style room. After you are given the study medication, study related procedures will be done at regular intervals, along with other required safely tests such as vital signs and/or ECGs. You will be provided a full study schedule with the breakdown of each study procedure at your physical.
Between scheduled events, you can use any free time to get acquainted with other participants, watch TV, play games, read, surf the web or just relax. Catered meals are provided throughout your stay including breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack, unless otherwise specified. Schedules vary by study and may include one or more return visits. Refer to your schedule or speak to the recruiting team with questions.
Clinical Research Compensation
You will be compensated for your time while participating in our studies. Stipends are typically paid five working days after the completion of the study. Your payment is loaded onto a prepaid debit card. Taxes are not taken out. If you earn $600 or more in a year, QPS will send you an IRS form 1099 at the end of the year. Since these are not “earned wages”, and you are not employed by us, they are only subject to state and federal taxes.