Are you interested in participating in a clinical research trial?
You may want to discuss your participation in the study with your primary care physician and with the study physician.
Some questions for you to consider include:
- What is the reason for this study?
- Who is the study sponsor?
- What is known already about the treatment?
- Who are the researchers and what are their credentials?
- Do the researchers have any financial incentives or special interests?
- What is the study protocol or schedule?
- What will be asked of me as a participant — what tests, procedures or treatments will I undergo?
- How often?
- How long will they take?
- Where will I receive them?
- What if anything will I have to pay for?
- How long is the study going to last?
- Can I see my own physician?
- What will he or she know about the study and my treatment?
- What is my privacy as a participant?
- Who will know that I am a participant?
- Who will have access to my records?
- What are my risks and benefits for participating?
- What are the possible risks and benefits of the treatment both current and long-term?
- Will I know what treatment I am getting? If the treatment works, can I continue it after the study?
- What will happen if it doesn’t work?
- What follow-up care will I receive after the study?
- Can I leave the study?
- Under what circumstances can I be asked to leave the study?
- What will happen to my treatment?
- How is my safety monitored?
In addition to speaking with the study doctors and your health care providers, you may want to view the following websites that offer information on clinical trials:
- The National Medical Association (202) 347-1895
- The National Institutes of Health (888) 346-3656
- The Food and Drug Administration (888) 463-6332
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