Clinical Trials

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Choosing to participate in a clinical trial is an important decision. The following frequently asked questions provide introductory information about clinical trials. It is also helpful to talk to a physician, family members, or friends about deciding to join a trial. The decision to enter a clinical trial or not is always up to you. Anything you decide will, of course, be personal and will depend upon your interests, needs, and expectations about research. After identifying some trial options, the next step is to contact the study research staff and ask questions about specific trials.

The Clinical Trial Volunteer’s Bill of Rights


Points to Remember

  • Clinical trials are tests of medical treatments to see if they are safe and if they work.
  • Before you agree to take part in a study, you must be given complete information about the study, including possible side effects and benefits.
  • You must sign a special agreement called “Informed Consent” before taking part in the study.
  • You can leave the study at any time.

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