Being Honest About Your Medical History

You might be surprised at how often people lie about their medical information or omit vital information about their medical history, but in the case of a clinical trial, providing accurate details and as much information as possible as it relates to medical information and history is absolutely imperative. Not only does truthful and correct medical history provision help doctors and researchers work more accurately and efficiently, incorrect or missing portions of medical history can skew clinical trial results and even create dangerous scenarios.

If a patient isn’t honest about their medical history, current medical condition or medical afflictions, medical professionals aren’t as equipped to take critical precautions and to provide necessary care. Plus, in worse-case scenarios, depending on the particular clinical trial, being dishonest or not being fully forthcoming about medical history could negate the clinical trial altogether or, worse yet; create health complications which might become potentially dangerous or even life-threatening to the clinical trial participant.

Patient safety is the primary focus when conducting clinical trials. Accurate and complete patient history also helps determine if a potential clinical trial candidate meets the eligible criteria for participating as a clinical trial volunteer in the first place and keep safety risks to a minimum if those potential clinical trial candidates do meet the clinical trial eligibility requirements.

With accurate patient history, it may also be possible to perform less clinical trial testing or less in-depth clinical trial testing to arrive at the same results. Saving valuable time within the clinical trial process by providing accurate patient history can be essential in much of clinical trial testing. Take, for example, what we have recently experienced with COVID-19 clinical research. If we were working with erroneous or incomplete medical history of clinical trial participants, those clinical trial results would not have been expedited in such an efficient and immediate manner…and who knows what life would look like today. We might still be dealing with more widespread and severe COVID-19 outbreaks and more economic hardships.

Accurate patient history can provide medical personnel and researchers an idea of which pathogen may cause an infection and allows researchers to optimize their culture and identification methods, as well as to interpret advanced medical testing more precisely. Presumptively identifying organisms relative to a clinical trial can help a clinical trial team, including researchers, doctors and other medical professionals, manage clinical trial patients more appropriately – not only determining key pathogens, but developing an appropriate plan of care, as well as discovering innovative medical treatment.

Designed to test and study the safety and efficacy of medications and treatments, clinical trials are the most important aspect of medical research. Successful clinical trial testing could result in everything from more tolerable treatments with fewer side effects, to determining susceptibility patterns for certain drugs and treatment, to prevention of disease and the betterment of lives…and reliable clinical trial results begin with reliable patient information – including clinical trials, doctor visits and any kind of family history.

Family history can indicate hereditary issues that could very possibly affect the outcome of certain clinical trials. Current family information may also be important, as family members may not only share a clinical research participant’s genetic make-up, but they very often share their environment and heightened risks for certain conditions, disorders and potential reactions to medication and treatment – all of which can be enlightening to researchers and information which is essential to the success and safety of a clinical trial or intelligence which may even improve the outcome of a clinical trial.

The acquisition of complete and correct patient history can also affect the cost of clinical trials; as clinical trials can be much more efficient with all of the facts available, those clinical trials can become more streamlined and thereby more cost-effective.

The accuracy of clinical trials conducted by renowned clinical research facilities such as Velocity Clinical Research doesn’t stop with patients reporting truthful medical history. The medical clinicians at Velocity Clinical Research are exceptionally precise in their research, treatments and their own reporting. 

Velocity Clinical Research also works with an expansive network of physicians across the East and Central Florida area – all of which keep patient safety and care, as well as accurate data collection foremost in mind. Additionally, all of the Velocity Clinical Research staff is Good Clinical Practice Certified. The Velocity Clinical Research chief operating officer comes with 25 years of experience, the director of clinical operations with 23 years of experience and the clinical site manager has 25 years of experience. Velocity Clinical Research provides an on-site registered nurse with nine years of experience and team of licensed paramedics as well. The Velocity Clinical Research team of distinguished medical professionals also includes regulatory specialists, lab technicians and a certified phlebotomist. 

Recognized as a clinical research facility that exceeds established targets, Velocity Clinical Research offers an on-site lab with sample collection and shipping, access to local clinical laboratories, state of the art equipment, temperature controlled storage capabilities, can host 24 patients on-site at one time and provides access to over 35,000 research participants.

Velocity Clinical Research is an award-winning medical research facility that has earned a reputation for producing and exceeding a high degree of protocol compliance and data quality. If you would like to join this winning team in a clinical trial volunteer capacity, feel free to contact Velocity Clinical Research by calling 386-428-7730 Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for more information or to see if you are a qualified candidate. The Velocity Clinical Research facility is conveniently located at 1410 S. Ridgewood Avenue in Edgewater, Florida.