Why do people participate in studies?
People participate in clinical research studies for a variety of reasons. Some may participate in studies because they want to learn more about their disease or condition. Others may participate because they want to help doctors and researchers learn more.
Are clinical studies safe?
Clinical research studies follow a specific set of standards and are closely regulated to ensure the safety of all patients. Strict safety measures and requirements protect study patients, and studies must follow a written plan called a protocol. The protocol is designed to ensure that study procedures are conducted properly and in accordance with all standards and regulations.
What if I have questions during the study?
You can ask questions of the study team at any point before, during, and after the study. Before agreeing to participate, please make sure that you understand the responsibilities of participating in this study as explained by the study team and in the Informed Consent Form. If you have any concerns about participating in the study, you should feel comfortable discussing them with a member of the study team at any time.
Can I leave the study once it has started?
Taking part in this study is completely voluntary. You do not have to participate if you don't want to. You may also leave the study at any time. If you decide not to participate in this study or if you decide to leave the study before it is finished, there will be no penalty to you, and you will not lose any benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.
Can I see other doctors during the study?
During the study, you should still see your regular doctors for health care needs not related to the study or participation in the study.