What are clinical trials?
A clinical study is carefully designed to test the effects of a medication, medical treatment, or device on a group of volunteers. Clinical studies are an important step in making new medications available. They measure the drug’s ability to treat a condition, its safety and its possible side effects. Some trials involve new medications not available to the general public. Other studies focus on existing medications which are being evaluated for their effectiveness compared to other medications.
Who participates in clinical trials?
In a clinical trial, what should I expect?
What are the benefits of participating in clinical trials?
What protections are there for people who participate in clinical trials?
Is the information confidential, can I stop participating at any time?
What is informed consent?
- Why the research is being done.
- What the researchers want to accomplish.
- What will be done during the trial and for how long.
- What risks are involved in the trial.
- What benefits can be expected from the trial.
- What other treatments are available.
- The fact that you have the right to leave the trial at any time.
If you are considering joining a clinical trial, the research staff will give you informed consent documents that include the details about the study. Since joining a clinical trial is an important decision, you should ask the research team any questions you may have about the study and the consent forms before you make a decision.
If you decide to join the clinical trial, you will recieve a copy of the informed consent documents so you can review them at any time.