What is a clinical trial?

What is a clinical trial?

A clinical trial (also called clinical research) is a research study in human volunteers to answer specific health questions. Carefully conducted clinical trials are the fastest and safest way to…

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Why participate in a clinical trial?

Why participate in a clinical trial?

Participants in clinical trials can play a more active role in their own health care, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available, and help others by…

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Who can participate in a clinical trial?

Who can participate in a clinical trial?

All clinical trials have guidelines about who can participate. Using inclusion/exclusion criteria is an important principle of medical research that helps to produce reliable results. The factors that allow someone…

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What happens during a clinical trial?

What happens during a clinical trial?

The clinical trial process depends on the kind of trial being conducted (See What are the different types of clinical trials?) The clinical trial team includes doctors and nurses as…

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What is informed consent?

What is informed consent?

Informed consent is the process of learning the key facts about a clinical trial before deciding whether or not to participate. It is also a continuing process throughout the study…

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What are the benefits and risks of participating in a clinical trial?

What are the benefits and risks of participating in a clinical trial?

Clinical trials that are well-designed and well-executed are the best approach for eligible participants to: Play an active role in their own health care. Gain access to new research treatments…

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What are side effects and adverse reactions?

What are side effects and adverse reactions?

Side effects are any undesired actions or effects of drug or treatment. Negative or adverse effects may include headache, nausea, hair loss, skin irritation, or other physical problems. Experimental treatments…

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How is the safety of the participant protected?

How is the safety of the participant protected?

The ethical and legal codes that govern medical practice also apply to clinical trials. In addition, most clinical research is federally regulated with built in safeguards to protect the participants….

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What should people consider before participating in a trial?

What should people consider before participating in a trial?

People should know as much as possible about the clinical trial and feel comfortable asking the members of the health care team questions about it, the care expected while in…

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What kind of preparation should a potential participant make for the meeting with the research coordinator or doctor?

What kind of preparation should a potential participant make for the meeting with the research coordinator or doctor?

Plan ahead and write down possible questions to ask. Ask a friend or relative to come along for support and to hear the responses to the questions. Bring a tape…

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