Why join this study?
Why are research studies important and how do they benefit people?

Carefully evaluating patients who are treated in research studies is the best way for doctors to learn what the best treatments are for patients with DVT and other medical conditions. The ATTRACT Study is comparing two commonly-used DVT treatment strategies to determine which is best.  If we get the answer from this study, doctors will be better able to help the many thousands of people who develop DVT each year.

Why would I want to participate in a research study? 

Like most studies of medical treatments, there is no guarantee that you will experience a benefit from participating in the ATTRACT Study.  But consider the following points:

  • Studies have shown that among patients who receive warfarin (a blood-thinning drug) for DVT treatment, those who are enrolled in a research study are more likely to be at the correct level of blood-thinning than those who are not in a study. This may be due to the close monitoring and frequent communication of study patients with the study team.    
  • Before a patient is enrolled in the study, the study team first carefully reviews his/her medical history. Patients who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk for complications are not offered study participation. The risks and possible benefits from participating in the study are carefully explained to patients before they are enrolled, and all questions are answered. This process is called “informed consent”. Patients may choose whether or not to participate, and can withdraw from the study at any time.
  • In the ATTRACT study, both treatments are delivered to patients using methods that have been endorsed by national physician experts in DVT treatment. The study protocol outlining these methods was reviewed and approved by the National Institutes of Health.
  • The doctors who conduct the ATTRACT Study were selected from a pool of more than 200 applicants because of the outstanding expertise of their local team of doctors, the high quality of their hospitals, and their track record in doing studies.
  • Study patients are closely monitored by a team of expert doctors in DVT treatment, and also have easy access to a study nurse to answer questions about the study and their DVT. This study nurse can be very helpful in providing information and in coordinating care.

Therefore, participating in the ATTRACT Study is a great way for a person with blood clots (DVT) to receive an outstanding level of care while also helping other people with DVT.  

For more information on participating in research studies, visit http://www.ciscrp.org.

To learn more about the ATTRACT Study, or to inquire if you are eligible to participate,
please call 1-866-974-CLOT (2568)