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Questions to Ask

Before deciding to participate in a clinical trial, you should know as much as possible about the study. 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. All patients participating in a clinical trial will go through the process called informed consent to learn about the study. During this process, you will have many opportunities to ask questions and learn about the clinical trial. Ask for an explanation if you hear something you don't understand.

Think of your questions before the appointment, and bring along a way to keep track of the answers you receive. For example, you may want to write down or print out your list of questions or bring a friend or family member to help you record and remember the answers.

You are welcome to call the YRMC Clinical Research Team at 928-336-3366 for further assistance.

  • What clinical trials are open to me?
  • Why are you recommending a clinical trial?
  • What is the purpose of this study?
  • How will a clinical trial help me?
  • Why does the research team think the treatment, drug, or medical device will work?
  • What should I expect if I do not have this research treatment?
  • What other treatment options are available to me?
  • How will participation in this study affect my daily life?
  • What are my responsibilities during the clinical trial?
  • Who will be coordinating my overall health care for my disease?
  • What are the possible side effects of this study treatment?
  • How will it compare with the side effects from the standard treatment?
  • What kind of tests and treatments will I have during the study?
  • Will I have to be hospitalized? If so, how often and how long?
  • Will I have to pay for any costs not covered by insurance or the study sponsor?
  • How long will the study last?
  • What type of long term follow-up care is part of the study?