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New to clinical trials? These are the questions to ask.

Comments Off on New to clinical trials? These are the questions to ask.
May 30, 2013

Clinical trials (or sometimes referred to as clinical research) is the practice of performing studies from human volunteers to answer specific health questions. While people have different reasons for participating in clinical trials – ranging from treating their own condition to earning extra money – there is no doubt that clinical trials are an important component in advancing modern medicine.

clinical-trial-questionsParticipating in a clinical trial is always done on a volunteer basis, and can have many benefits to the participant including access to new health care procedures and treatment for the participants own condition. While this is beneficial for all parties involved in the research, there are some questions that each person should feel comfortable asking the medical team before the trial begins.

It is always good to have a checklist of questions to ask before the trial begins. Make sure you ask all of the questions on your list, and receive sufficient answers. Some basic questions to ask, are:

  1. What is the purpose of the study?
  2. Why is this new research being tested? Has it been done before?
  3. Who will be involved in the research?
  4. What kinds of tests and treatments are involved?
  5. How long will the trial last?
  6. How will it affect your daily life?
  7. Will hospitalization be required?
  8. Should you expect any negative side effects?
  9. Will you be compensated? What about for expenses?
  10. How will you know the treatment is working? What results or changes should you expect?
  11. Should you expect any long term follow-up care?

 

It is important that due preparation is done in advance, and that you are fully prepared to undergo the study. If you feel that something is not clear to you, ask any questions you have until you receive an appropriate answer. Plan ahead, and bring along a friend or recording device so you can listen back to any discussions you had.

Participating in clinical trials can be a beneficial and very rewarding experience for all involved. Almost 90% of those who participated in clinical trials in the US in 2005 said they would do so again. It can be a very fulfilling experience, and preparation is key to making it a great success.

Contact us to learn more about our current studies.

 

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