Potential Benefits of Participating in a Clinical Trial
- Patients often are able to get expert medical care from leading health centers during the clinical trial.
- Participation in a clinical trial can allow patients to become active participants in their own healthcare.
- Patients who participate in a clinical trial contribute to medical research
For many people, these benefits outweigh the potential risks of participation.
Questions to Ask Before Enrolling in a Clinical Trial
If you are considering participating in a clinical trial, it's best to find out as much as you can about the study. To help you, here is a list of sample questions that you should consider:
- What is the purpose of the study?
- Who will be in the study?
- Who is conducting the study?
- Has the drug or treatment ever been tested before?
- What does the protocol involve?
- Will any part of my participation be painful? Require hospitalization? Affect my daily life?
- Can I still participate if I'm on other medications?
- What are the risks?
- What if I need or want to drop out of the study?
- How long with the trial last?
- Do I have to pay for this treatment?
- Do I get paid to participate in this study?
- Do I need to talk to my insurance company before participating in this study?
- How will I know if the treatment is working?
- Can a friend or family member join with me?
- What happens after the trial is over? Can I still get the treatment?
- How do I find out about the results?
Clinical Trial Consent Form
If you decide to participate in a clinical trial, be sure you are given a consent form. This is a document that clearly describes the nature of the study and outlines the requirements, risks, and benefits of participation.
Read this document carefully before you sign it so you have all the information you need about your participation. Keep in mind that a consent form is not a contract and you can leave the study at any time.