Here are some common questions and answers about participating in a clinical trial.
Clinical research studies, or trials, help scientists and doctors explore whether a medical strategy, device, or medication is safe and effective for people. Before any medication can be approved and made available to the public, it must go through several phases of clinical research.
Before enrolling in a clinical trial, you must sign an Informed Consent Form (ICF). The ICF contains information about the study, including study goals, how long the study will last, benefits and risks, and the tests and procedures you will receive.
Study participation usually involves visiting a clinic regularly, taking or receiving an investigational medicine, and having assessments to monitor your health. You can still see your regular doctor, but you should let them know that you are participating in a study.
Participation in clinical research studies is your choice, and you may stop at any time.