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Deciding Whether to Participate in a Clinical Trial
Before deciding to participate in a clinical trial, you should know as much as possible about the study. The goal of clinical trials is to determine if a new test or treatment works and is safe. Clinical trials can also look at other aspects of care, such as improving the quality of life for people with chronic illnesses. It is important for you to feel comfortable asking questions, and the research staff should answer them in a way that you can easily understand.
Participation is Voluntary
Clinical trial participation is voluntary. You will always have the right to choose whether or not you will take part in a clinical trial. Before you take part in any clinical trial, you will provide your informed consent. In the informed consent process, the research staff will explain the details of the study to you and answer your questions and concerns. You have the right to leave the study at any time, for any reason. If you decide to leave the trial, your doctor will discuss other treatment options with you. Groundbreaking scientific advances in the present and the past were possible only because of the participation of volunteers in clinical research.
Medical Care Received While on a Clinical Trial
You can expect to receive excellent medical care for your illness or condition while participating in a clinical trial. Typically, patients in clinical trials are more closely monitored than patients treated outside of a clinical trial. This is because the trial protocol requires detailed collection of data and frequent patient check-ups to assess how patients are doing.
You will receive regular and careful medical attention from a research team that includes your treating physician and nurses, the physician that is the Principal Investigator for the study site, and other health professionals. The professionals on the Research Team check your health very closely during the trial, give specific instructions to the treatment team and guide the treatment team through the process. The Research Team will monitor your carefully during the trial and stay in touch with you after the trial is completed.
Some clinical trials involve additional tests and doctor visits than you would normally have for your illness or condition with many of these tests and visit paid for by the study sponsor at no cost to you. If the Principal Investigator determines that a therapy is harmful to you, you will be taken off of the study immediately. You may then receive other treatments for your illness.