Preparing for Clinical Trials

Before deciding to participate in a clinical trial at Yuma Regional Medical Center, it’s important for you to know as much as possible about the study. We encourage you to ask as many questions as you have. Our research staff is required to provide participants with the detailed information needed to gain a clear understanding of what each clinical trial entails.
All patients participating in a clinical trial go through a 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. If a member of our team uses a medical or scientific term you’re not familiar with, please do not hesitate to ask for further clarification.
We encourage you to bring a list of questions you have to your appointment to ensure you receive all of the answers you need. For your convenience, we’ve listed questions below that are commonly asked by our patients. Please feel free to print out this list and bring it with you to your appointment, adding any other questions you may have. You may also want to bring a family member or friend with you to help you record and remember the answers.
Here are some common questions you may want to ask your medical team:

  • 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 potentially help me?
  • Why does the research team think the treatment, drug, or medical device will work?
  • If I decide to participate, will I have to change doctors?
  • How will my privacy be protected and who will have access to my health information?
  • 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?
  • Will I get a placebo?
  • 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 these possible side effects 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? 

We understand the decision to participate in a clinical trial is an important one, and we encourage you to call Institutional Research team at 928-336-2972 if we can assist you in any way. To find out if you may be eligible for a clinical trial speak to your physician.

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