What should be considered before participating in a clinical trial?

There are many different factors that should be considered before determining whether a clinical trial is the best fit for a particular person.

  • What is the purpose of the study?
  • Who is going on the study?
  • Why do researchers believe the experimental treatment being tested may be effective? Has it been tested before?
  • How do the possible risks, side effects and benefits in the study compare with current treatment?
  • How might this trial affect a person's daily life?
  • How long will the trial last?
  • Will hospitalization be required?
  • Who will pay for the experimental treatment?
  • Will participants be reimbursed for other expenses?
  • What type of long term follow up care is part of this study?
  • How will participants know the experimental treatment is working?
  • Will results of trial be made available to participants?
  • Who will be in charge of care for participants?