Enrolling in Clinical Trials
People volunteer for clinical trials for a variety of reasons including to help in the advancement of science, for treatment of a disease for which good treatment does not currently exist, or to improve the medical care they are receiving. Whatever your reason for participating in a clinical trial, it is important that you have all your questions answered prior to enrolling in a clinical trial. Questions you may want to ask include:
- What is the purpose of the study?
- Why do researchers think the approach may be effective?
- Who has reviewed and approved the study? How are study results and safety of participants being checked?
- How long will the study last?
- What are my responsibilities if I participate?
Possible Risks and Benefits
- What are my possible short-term benefits?
- What are my possible long-term benefits?
- What are my short-term risks, such as side effects?
- What are my possible long-term risks?
- What other options do people with my condition have?
- How do the possible risks and benefits of this trial compare with those options?
Participation and Care
- What kinds of therapies, procedures and/or test will I have during the trial?
- Will they hurt, and if so, for how long?
- How do the tests in the study compare with those I would have outside of the trial?
- Will I be able to take my regular medications while in the clinical trial?
- Where will I have my medical care?
- Who will be in charge of my care?
- How could being in this study affect my daily life?
- Can I talk to other people in the study?
- Will I have to pay for any part of the trial such as tests or the study drug?
- If so, what will the charges likely be?
- What is my health insurance likely to cover?
- Who can help answer any questions from my insurance company or health plan