Participating in a clinical trial is a personal decision after reviewing the benefits and risks. While weighing the options, consider the following:
- Participant will gain access to potentially new research medications or treatments.
- Study-related care is provided at no cost to the participant and reimbursement for time and travel may be received. The participant’s vital signs, symptoms and overall health are monitored by the physician investigators while the participant is in the trial.
- By participating in research, the participant will be helping to find answers to health questions which may contribute to treatment advances.
The decision about whether or not to participate should be made after you have all of the information needed to make an informed choice. It is important to make sure you have a clear understanding of the trial before you make your decision, including the risks and inconveniences, such as:
- You might get a placebo instead of the investigational medication. As a result, your condition may not improve.
- The new treatment might not work or your current treatment may be better.
- Although many volunteers experience only minor side effects or none at all, serious side effects can occur.
- Taking part in a trial is a responsibility and requires adherence to the protocol so study data is reliable. This takes time and may require multiple visits to the site as well as study-related procedures such as blood draws and EKGs.