5 Things to Know Before Participating in a Clinical Trial

April 22, 2009

clincial-trialParticipating in a clinical trial at NeuroTrials Research offers you many benefits. First of all, if you qualify, you may have access to medications and medical devices that are not yet available to the general public. Clinical studies have the potential to help researchers find a cure for your symptoms and diseases and pave the way for new and effective treatments for future generations.

There are five things that you should know before signing up to participate in a clinical trial.

1. 1. What do researchers hope to learn from this study?

Some clinical trials are designed to test medicine, while others are designed to test diagnostic techniques or treatments. In addition, some trials test whether certain medications are effective, while others test what doses are safe.

2. 2. Who will be my primary researcher during the trial?

It is important to know the doctors and researchers that you will be meeting with throughout your trial. Make sure you understand who is in charge and don’t be afraid to ask them any questions that arise throughout the process.

3. 3. Are there any expected side effects?

Most of the time, researchers will know what side effects are to be expected during the clinical trial. It is beneficial to know up front what side effects to look out for and what you should do if you experience them.

4. 4. What are the risks and benefits associated with the trial?

Many times participation in a clinical trial will expose you to the best available treatments. The benefits from these treatments are often numerous and it is good to ask questions beforehand so you know what benefits you should expect. It is also important to fully understand the risks involved in the study before signing up.

5. 5. How long will the trial last?

Clinical trials can vary in length from just one day to many years. Make sure that the duration and number of appointments in the trial work well with your existing schedule.