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?