About Clinical Trials

Choosing to participate in a clinical trial is an important personal decision.

Choosing to participate in a clinical trial is an important personal decision. A clinical trial is generally considered to be biomedical or health-related research studies in human beings that follow a predefined protocol and includes either interventional or observational studies. Interventional studies are those in which the research subjects are assigned by the investigator to a treatment or other intervention, and their outcomes are measured. Observational studies are those in which individuals are observed and their outcomes are measured by the investigator.

Clinical Trial Participants

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 contributing to medical research. All clinical trials have guidelines about who can participate, the factors that allow someone to participate in a clinical trial are called "inclusion criteria" and those that disallow someone from participating are called "exclusion criteria". These criteria are based on such factors as age, gender, the type and stage of a disease, previous treatment history, and other medical conditions. Before joining a clinical trial, a participant must qualify for the study. 

The clinical trial team includes doctors and nurses as well as social workers and other health care professionals. They check the health of the participant at the beginning of the trial, give specific instructions for participating in the trial, monitor the participant carefully during the trial, and stay in touch after the trial is completed.

Questions for your Health Care Team

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 a trial, and the cost of the trial. The following questions might be helpful for the participant to discuss with the health care team. Some of the answers to these questions are found in the informed consent document.

  • What is the purpose of the study?
  • Who is going to be in the study?
  • What kinds of tests and experimental treatments are involved?
  • How might this trial affect my daily life?
  • How long will the trial last?
  • Who will pay for the experimental treatment?
  • Who will be in charge of my care?

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Links with additional information about clinical trials and participating in clinical research:

Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) »

Center Watch »

ClinicalTrials.gov - A service of the U.S National Institute of Health »

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