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Compensation

How is the amount of compensation determined?

This depends on the length of your stay and on the number of treatments carried out during the research. The compensation is determined per study and approved by the Medical Ethics Review Committee (MERC).


Do I have to pay tax on the compensation?

The tax authorities consider the compensation to be income from employment. QPS is therefore obliged to declare this. You will receive an annual statement from us. Whether you have to pay tax on the compensation depends on your personal situation.

When do I receive the research study compensation and the travel allowance?

You will receive your study compensation and travel allowance within 4 weeks of fully completing the research study and submitting the required documents. If it turns out that, based on the medical examination, you are not allowed to participate in the research study in question, you will only receive a travel allowance.

The research clinic

What does the clinic look like?

Our research clinic consists of various rooms. There are bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, recreation rooms, examination rooms, washing and shower facilities, and an inner courtyard. When it comes to furnishing, we do everything possible to make you feel at home. The doctors and nurses do wear white coats, however, and you will see the necessary medical equipment, of course.

Do I get my own room?

You share a room with a number of other volunteers. This depends on where your research study takes place, in clinic 1 (BTC) or clinic 2 (Zielstraweg). These have 8 and 24 beds per room/ward, respectively. They are shared by men and women. If possible, we separate men and women when allocating the available beds. There are curtains between the beds so you can still have some privacy.

Are meals included in the stay?

Yes, all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and snacks during your stay are provided by QPS for the purpose of the relevant study. Depending on the study, you can choose from a menu compiled by QPS. Please note, however, that we are a research institute and not a restaurant.

Is parking available?

There are no parking spaces at QPS. You can, however, use the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG) parking garage or parking spaces in the surrounding neighbourhoods. Please note that any parking costs incurred are to be borne by you and will not be reimbursed by QPS.

May I receive visitors during my stay?

No, you are not allowed to receive visitors during your stay. This is partly due to the strict rules concerning food, drink, tobacco and possibly other substances.

May I smoke during my stay?

No, smoking is not permitted during your stay at the research clinic.

May I bring my mobile phone, music, films and/or laptop?

Yes, you can bring all of those items! You can listen to music and watch films. Wireless internet is available in our research clinic so you can use your own laptop to surf the internet and send e-mails. Please note that QPS is not liable for theft of and/or damage to your property.

May I bring my pet?

No, pets are not permitted.

Can I do some washing during my stay?

Yes, a washing machine and a tumble dryer are available for your use. Depending on the length of your stay, please make sure to bring enough clean clothes with you. Hand towels and bed linen are provided.

Are there rules to follow during my stay?

Yes, for the sake of the research study results, the participants should experience similar conditions as much as possible. For example, there are a number of restrictions on consumption. You may not drink alcohol, for example, and you may only drink decaffeinated coffee. There are also the necessary house rules. Then everyone can have an extremely pleasant stay; the volunteer, the staff as well as the pharmaceutical client. You will receive the house rules from us before you arrive at our research clinic.

How can I spend the day?

Outside of research-related activities, you can move around freely in our research clinic. There are several rooms that offer various possibilities for recreation and relaxation, such as television, internet, table football, game consoles, DVDs and other games. Reading and studying are also possible, of course. You can also stretch your legs in our courtyard in the open air, if the relevant study permits. For those who participate in longer studies and therefore stay with us for a relatively long time, guided trips outside the research clinic are organised.

Participation

How often can I participate?

That depends on a number of factors. For your own safety, you may participate in a maximum of 4 trials each year. The period between trails is different for every individual trial. This will be discussed during the initial phone call screening.

Do I definitely become a participant after I have been approved?

No, not definitely. There is always a chance that you will be an alternate volunteer. Sometimes there is a possibility of becoming a participant in a different group. The doctor decides which volunteers are participants and which are alternate volunteers.

Risks

What happens if something goes wrong?

As soon as there is the slightest indication that something is wrong, we stop immediately. You are then strictly and continuously monitored by doctors, nurses and scientific researchers. Our research clinic is a stone's throw from the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG). Partly because of this, we are able to limit the risks to an absolute minimum. The safety of our volunteers is always paramount!

Are there side effects?

This depends entirely on the research medication. Unfortunately, we cannot predict and prevent all side effects. However, we can estimate what side effects may occur based on previous studies. Of course, other as yet unknown side effects may also occur.

Are there risks?

Participation in drug research is never entirely risk-free. It is of primary importance to our research doctors and nurses that you leave the research clinic as healthy as when you arrived.

Other

What can I do if I have a complaint?

If you have a complaint, you can e-mail the Recruitment department for more information on the complaints procedure.

COVID-19 and your participation

In coordination with the government and the Medical Ethics Review Committee, our drug research is completely in accordance with COVID-19 regulations. Our clinic has been adapted and we observe the latest measures.

 What does this mean for you?

 Participation in the research study is only possible if you 
are healthy
. 
You may only come if you display none of the known corona symptoms. 
You have had no contact with a corona patient in the past 2 weeks . We follow the stricter lockdown and quarantine requirements that apply when you cross the border.

When participating in a research study at QPS, you will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival. You should also be aware of slightly modified rules in our clinic so that participation is safe for everyone.

 We would like to remind you that wearing a face mask when entering the QPS building is compulsory. We also request that you follow any further guidelines and instructions indicated by the staff.