Frequently asked questions

What is a clinical trial?


Clinical trials are part of clinical research and at the heart of all medical advances. Clinical trials look at new ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease. The goal of clinical trials is to determine if a new test or treatment works and is safe.




What are the benefits and risks of a clinical trial?


The specific risks associated with a resarch protocol are described in detail in the informed consent document, which participants are asked to read and sign before participating in research. Also, a member of the research team explains the major risks of participating in a study and will answer any questions you have about the study.




What are the potential benefits?


Well-designed and wel-executed clinical trials provide the best approach for participants to: * Play an acitve role in their health care * Gain access to new reserch and treatments before they are widely available * Receive regular and careful medical attention from a research team that includes doctors and other health professionals * Help others by contributing to medical research




Do I need insurance to participate in a clinical trial?


No, insurance is not required.