Why Participate in Clinical Trials
Clinical trials are designed to advance medical science and the improve quality of life for so many people. But no part of a clinical trial is as vital to its success as participating volunteers. Without them, new medical breakthroughs simply would not occur.
Why Participate is a program to raise awareness about clinical trials and includes the following resources:
Videos of patient experiences in clinical trials
Web resources for learning more about clinical trials
Current clinical trials
No-cost study-related care from a local physician and/or specialist
No-cost study-related medications
Payment for your time and travel
Chance to help advance medical research
- Phase I studies are done during the earliest part of researching a treatment. These trials are usually small and include healthy volunteers to find out the safety of the drug.
- Phase II studies gather information to find out if the drug will have an impact on a certain condition. These studies typically use larger groups of volunteers and compare the drug in different ways.
- Phase III studies look further into safety and effectiveness of the drugs. These studies also use larger groups of volunteers and compare the drug in different ways.
Either way, by participating you many help develop future medical treatments. Whatever the reason for your interest, be sure to do your own research ahead of time and make an informed choice about participating.
Either way, before you can participate, the research site will need information from you to check if you are eligible. All information you share is kept confidential.
- Check your health at the beginning of the research study
- Give you specific instructions for participating
- Monitor you carefully during the study
- Stay in touch after the study is completed
Each research study must also be approved by an institutional review board (IRB) or ethics committee (EC). IRBs and ECs are groups of people who help protect the rights and welfare of people in research studies. IRBs or ECs are usually made up of doctors, scientists, religious representatives and other medical and nonmedical people.
Your privacy will also be protected. The research team can’t tell anyone you’re participating in a research study without your permission. All of the information collected during the study will be kept confidential. Your name won’t be listed in any reports based on the study.
Your study doctor or research team should review all risks with you before you sign the informed consent document.
It’s important to talk to your doctor about a post-study treatment plan.