Here are some questions to ask before agreeing to participate in a clinical research study:

  • What is the main purpose of this study?

  • How long is the study going to last and what will I be asked to do as a participant?

  • Does the study involve a placebo (a harmless procedure or pill used to compare against the real treatment being studied), or will it study a treatment that is already on the market? Will my doctor know which one is assigned to me?

  • How will the research intervention be given to me?

  • What has been learned about the research intervention so far? Have any study results been published?

  • Do I have to pay for any part of the study? Will my insurance cover these costs?

  • Does the study pay for participation, travel costs, or childcare?

  • Will I be able to see my own doctor during the study?

  • If the research intervention works for me, can I keep using it after the study?

  • Will I receive any follow-up care after the study has ended?

  • What will happen to my medical care if I stop participating in the study?

  • Do the researchers have any financial or special interest in the clinical study?

  • How experienced are the physician and study staff?

  • What is the study team doing to keep me safe?

  • When and how will the results of the clinical trial be given to me?

  • In a trial that includes placebos, will I learn which treatment I am receiving?
  • Can anyone find out whether I am participating in the research study?