Frequently asked questions 


What is the process of completing a clinical trial?

Participating in a clinical research study is easy! The first step for any study is to schedule a pre-screen appointment. You can do this by calling 865-305-DRUG (3784). It can take anywhere from 5-7 days for us to have your screening results. Once your screening results are in, we will call you to let you know if you passed screening and can participate in the study! You will also receive information about the study schedule and timeline, and get set up for your next appointment. For outpatient studies, you will complete several visits to the study center, depending on the requirements of that particular study. For inpatient studies, you will likely stay in our facility overnight for several days. Depending on the study, you may also have outpatient follow up visits to complete. For overnight stays, you must remain in the facility for the duration of the stay. All of your meals will be provided. Compensation structure is different for each study. Depending on the study you are in, you may receive several payments throughout the course of the study, or in one lump sum given at study completion. Once the study is completed, your information will be stored in our database to contact for future studies!

What do I need to bring to my screening appointment?

You will need to bring a valid photo I.D., any medications you take in the original bottles or a list with your most current medications and dose level. Please be prepared to give your medical history.

Will I be compensated for screening?

Our studies typically do not pay for screening.

If the study I am participating in requires an inpatient stay, what do I need to bring?

Everything you bring must be able to fit into a small carry-on sized bag. You must bring personal hygiene items, under garments, a valid photo I.D., entertainment like books or a laptop, and your regular medications. We will provide scrubs for you to wear while you are in the facilities.

What am I not allowed to bring?

You may not bring any food, gum, drinks, mints, desktop computers, alcohol, weapons, or illegal drugs.

Do I get a bonus for referring friends?

Yes, you can earn $50 for each friend that completes a study and you may receive a $250 bonus when you refer 5 or more friends. Click here for the refer-a-friend form.

Do I need to report the income I make from participating in a clinical trial when I do my taxes?

All volunteers will be given a 1099 in January. Please consult your accountant or tax advisor for more filing information.

How can I find out about upcoming trials?

You can find out right here on our website in the upcoming studies section or you can call our recruitment line (865) 305-DRUG (3784) Monday through Friday 9am-5pm.

Where should I park?

You may park in any of the visitor parking lots. We will give you a voucher so you do not have to pay to exit the lot.

What will I eat while I am completing my inpatient stay?

The diet may vary depending on the study. The study may have certain dietary requirements so please discuss any food allergies or intolerances that you might have. All meals are typically provided by the All Spice Café.

Do I need insurance?

No, we pay you to complete the study.

Can I participate in more than one study at a time?

No, you may only participate in one study at a time. Once you complete a study, you must have at least a 30 day washout period before you can participate in another available study?

Can I complete the same study twice?

No, once you have completed a certain study you may not participate in the same one again.

If I fail the screening can I redo it?

It depends on the study. You may ask the nurse or coordinator what the rules are regarding rescreening for your particular study.

Will I receive a drug test?

Usually, you will receive a drug test upon arrival at screening and then again while in the study.

What is expected of me while I am completing the study?

Please click here to read our site guidelines for in-depth information on study conduct.

What can I expect at screening?

At a typical screening appointment, you will first be given the Informed Consent Document for the study you will be screening for, as well as some basic paperwork to fill out. Once this is completed, you will be given a urine drug screen and your height and weight will be recorded. You will also receive a basic physical from one of our physicians and a blood sample will be taken for the required blood tests. Some studies require additional tests such as an ECG (electrocardiogram). The study coordinator will contact you once your screening results are in to let you know if you have passed screening and can participate in the study.

What is an Informed Consent Document?

The Informed consent document is given to each potential study participant at the beginning of his/her screening appointment. This document gives a comprehensive overview of the study that you will be screening for, including the study purpose, all of the possible risks and benefits associated with the study, and what to expect throughout your participation in the study. You will be required to read this document in its entirety and sign a form stating that you understand the contents of the document before the screening process can begin. Signing this document does not contractually obligate you to participate in the study. You can withdraw from study participation at any time. Click here to view a general informed consent.

How long will it take to get my screening results?

Typically, it takes anywhere from 3-5 business days for your labs to be processed. Once the study coordinator has received your screening results, he/she will contact you with this information. If you have not received a call after 7 business days, you may call our recruitment line at 865-305-3784 and ask to be connected with the nurses to ask about the status of your results.

Where can I find resources for more information about clinical research trials?

You can find helpful links for information on clinical research and general health and wellness on our links page.




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