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Participating in a Clinical Trial

First of all, what is a clinical trial?

Clinical trials are studies conducted in human subjects that are supervised by doctors. They are designed to compare two or more different interventions such as: new medications, devices, or procedures. The research team collects information from the subjects in the trial to determine which intervention is most effective and safe.

Why me?

There are certain criteria that patients must meet to qualify for clinical trials. This is important because many trial interventions are targeted towards specific populations. For example, medication for children should not be tested in adults or seniors. The criteria are determined by the research team before the start and observed throughout the trial. While you may be approached to be in a trial, consent to participate is completely your choice. The decision not to participate will have no effect on subsequent treatment or relationship with the team treating you.

What does ‘randomized’ mean?

This word refers to the random assignment of subjects to the different interventions of a clinical trial. It is similar to flipping a coin, where you cannot choose the outcome. Randomization ensures a fair comparison between the interventions by reducing deliberate patient selection.

Is it safe?

While the research team makes every effort to protect all subjects, there are some risks associated with all interventions that cannot be avoided. This includes risks related to the treatments and/or unanticipated circumstances. Information about the risks as a result of trial participation will be clearly presented to patients during the consent process. It is up to patients to decide if they want to participate  

Will I get any money?

Subjects in some trials receive some money as compensation after completing all required procedures. This amount is intended to offset any extra expenses spent as a result of participation such as: gas, parking, and/or meals. Details about compensation will be clearly explained to patients during the consent process and is not negotiable.